It’s been awhile since the Buick Roadmaster wagon roamed the streets of America. Nonetheless, delete the image of that family truckster from your mind, because the Buick wagon has returned for the better. Today the 2018 Buick Regal TourX was formally revealed with a few luxury niche cars as its primary target.
The Regal TourX is not a surprise. We’ve known it was in the works for awhile now and the content of it is equally unsurprising. The new Regal is essentially the Opel Insignia TourX, borrowed from GM’s former European division.
While the ties between the Regal and Opel are hardly new, the idea of using Opel’s wagon in the U.S. is a new concept after being long-rumored.
The 2018 Regal TourX is exclusively powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Likewise, the only transmission option is an eight-speed automatic unit.
From a content perspective, the TourX appears to have what it takes to rival the likes of the Audi A4 AllRoad, BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon and Volvo V60 Cross Country. The TourX is offering a host of active safety features, such as pedestrian alert with auto braking, adaptive cruise control and a safety feature that opens the hood by about four inches in the event of a pedestrian strike (a feature nearly required to meet European safety regulations).
On the entertainment side, GM’s usual suspects will be found on the new Regal, including a standard seven-inch touchscreen with an optional eight-inch unit for navigation. The touchscreen will, in part, control a Bose audio system with active noise cancellation. Additionally, 4G LTE WiFi is standard like most GM products.
In addition to the rugged looking TourX, there will also be a Regal Sportback (basically a hatchback). The five-door variant of the car is replacing the Regal sedan entirely. In the Sportback model, the same 2.0-liter engine will power the front or all four wheels, only the torque figure is reduced to 260 pound-feet when equipped with front-wheel-drive.
Both the 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX will arrive in Buick dealerships this fall.