Sedans are so last year. In a sign of the times, Buick will only offer its all-new 2018 Regal as either a hatch Sportback or a TourX wagon. It’s a big change for what is Buick’s midsize staple.
The Buick Sportback is a coupe-like five-door designed with cargo space in mind. The hatch opens up to storage for 22 standard carry-on suitcases. It’s fewer than a hatchback like the Cruze. But it’s more than double what last year’s 2017 Regal sedan could carry according to Buick.
The TourX is Buick’s new take on the classic wagon.
Even though Buick technically dubs it a “crossover”, it’s clearly in wagon territory alongside the Subaru Outback, Audi A4 Allroad, Volvo V60 Cross Country and BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon name a few. Buick claims the TourX offers more cargo room than all of the above.
By our calculations, it can hold 51 carryons. Not too shabby.
Both models get power from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 250-horsepower. The TourX comes standard with all-wheel drive and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Sportback gets the same torque rating with optional AWD. It only gets 260 lb-ft of torque, though, with FWD.
As with most new models the days, the Regal Sportback is lighter than the model it replaces. It sheds 200 pounds even with all the extra storage and an over 3-inches longer wheelbase. Buick says the weight savings mean better handling and fuel efficiency. The TourX grows 3.4-inches in length.
One of the really cool things about the new Regal is a Buick-first Active Hood pedestrian protection system. Essentially, if the vehicle senses it’s about to hit a pedestrian in its path, the hood will pop up about four inches to lessen the impact and hopefully help protect the person in harm’s way.
Optional safety tech includes Lane Change Alert with Blind Spot Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic Braking.
Both models will arrive in showrooms this fall. Buick says pricing and more details will come later this year.
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