Buick is bringing back the American wagon, err… crossover. That’s right, Buick wants you to believe that the TourX is a crossover. That aside, wagon fans should be jumping for joy. Backing up a bit, the Regal is all-new for 2018 and the U.S. is getting two models, the Sportback and the TourX. As the name suggests, the Sportback forgoes a traditional trunk in favor of a liftback. Both models get the new winged grille up front and a sleek profile. The Sportback’s wheelbase has been stretched 3 inches versus the outgoing model and is also about 200 pounds lighter.
Both models are powered by a 2.0L turbo. The Sportback comes in both front and all-wheel drive. The former gets 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, while the latter (as well as the TourX, which is only available in all-wheel drive) gets 250 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic. The TourX rides slightly higher than the Sportback and has more “durable” fender moldings to help it appear more like a crossover.
New safety features include an active hood pedestrian safety system, front pedestrian braking, and lane keep assist. The interior has either a 7 or 8-inch display, depending on trim, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Bose stereo is available.
Wagons have been kept alive by European marques for a couple of decades now. And, even though the Regal is based on a European Opel, at least there is a wagon with an American nameplate for sale in the states again.