Buick is adding two new 5-doors to the Regal family— a wagon and a 4-door coupe — adding utility and style to the mid-sized premium marque.
The 2018 Regal Sportback adds a sleek and sporty profile to the Regal line-up, with the roof sloping through a rear window to the rear fascia. The rear-window and attached decklid create a large opening through which to load up the trunk, as well as accommodating bulky items by putting the rear seats down and taking advantage of the vertical space.
With 892 litres of cargo space, the Sportback more than doubles the Regal sedan’s 402.1, and goes a whole lot better to as much as 1,718.8 by putting down the 60/40 split folding rear seatback (upgradable to a 40/20/40 split unit). Buick says overall cargo space is better than the Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Dimensionally, the Sportback eclipses the length of the 2017 Regal by 68 mm but rides on a 91-mm longer wheelbase, while dropping the roof 28 mm closer to the ground. It’s also marginally wider (6 mm).
“The new Regal Sportback was developed with today’s active, independent, premium car customer in mind,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “They have an SUV in the garage and are looking to complement it with a sport sedan, but have an appreciation for the usefulness of a versatile cargo space when an occasional need arises.”
Power is supplied by the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque (295 lb-ft with the optional all-wheel drivetrain). The engine is hooked up with a 9-speed automatic (8-speed in AWD).
For buyers looking for a more traditional 5-door, Buick is also introducing the Regal TourX, which as the name hints, is only available in all-wheel drive while using the same 250-hp, 295 lb-ft 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder coupled to the 8-speed automatic.
The new station wagon increases in length over the current Regal to 4,985 mm (an increase of 154 mm) while riding on the new 2,829-mm and retaining the 1,863-mm width of the new Sportback. It also retains the 1,484-mm height of the current Regal, but the floor to ceiling height of the Sportback, making up the difference in increased ground clearance.
“Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV,” explained Aldred. “Additionally, it continues a trend set by the Cascada and Encore of bringing Buick’s contemporary design and attainable luxury credentials to new segments where customers are looking for more. TourX enters a vibrant segment with passion and youthful energy where drivers are able to experience the new Buick.”
And TourX shows off that vibrancy with a rugged exterior and roof fails. The flat roof creates versatility of the highest order, offering plenty of head room for up to five and cargo space of 926 litres, or flip down the rear seatbacks and expand cargo area up to 2,081 litres. And, it’s accessible through a hands-free power liftgate.
Both cars are expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, with prices and equipment lists finalized closer to their launch.