Buick introduces of the all-new Buick Regal which brings the latest product to broaden the brand’s lineup in the U.S. Coming off a historic year with record sales, four new vehicle launches and awards validating Buick’s quality and customer experience. Like the successful Encore and Cascada, TourX proves Buick continues to make bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments.
Buick has taken a nameplate that has been around since the mid-1970’s and turned it into two vehicles: a fastback, four-door sedan plus a higher-riding increases torque station wagon. Both of these vehicles are scheduled for launch this year.
Buick revealed the Buick Sportback, a redesigned version of the midsize sedan, at the General Motors design dome in Warren this week, alongside a station wagon version of the Regal called the TourX.
The Buick Sportback has coupe-like design that gives it a long, lean appearance. The TourX, which rides about an inch higher and is 3 inches longer, resembles a station wagon and will give Buick broadened appeal to more buyers. By creating two cars out of the same platform, Buick can capitalize on the hot crossover trend with a nameplate that has traditionally only been a car.
The TourX rides higher than its Sportback counterpart, enabling greater capability. Its rugged exterior appearance, standard roof rails, interior amenities, standard intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin-clutch and functional cargo area epitomize upscale utility, capability and convenience backed by the quality and safety expected from Buick.
With the new Buick Regal TourX and Sportback, Buick now offers two new products that expand the expectations and opportunity for individuality in the premium midsize segment. One is a sports sedan with sleek, coupe-like design with five-door versatility; the other, a vehicle with the drive dynamics of a car but with all the usefulness of an SUV.
“It’s the perfect blend of sedan and SUV,” Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president and global product development chief, said of the TourX.
Key Facts about the 2 new Buick Regals:
- It has more overall cargo space than the Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3-series Sport Wagon and the Subaru Outback, with up to 73.5 cubic feet behind the front seats.
- Standard intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch provides improved vehicle control and efficiency in any condition.
- The purpose-built exterior’s ride height increased over the Regal Sportback and it has durable fascia and fender moldings.
- The hands-free power liftgate has a Buick tri-shield logo lamp that illuminates the ground beneath the sensor, standard on upper trim levels.
- The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 250 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
- An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.
- Safety innovations include a Buick-first active hood pedestrian safety system, Front Pedestrian Braking and Lane Keep Assist.
Memorable adventures need capable performance, and TourX answers the call with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine featuring 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed to the ground via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch for greater control on any surface. The engine also comes standard with advanced start/stop technology.
Compared to the 2018 Regal Sportback, the TourX is 3.4 inches longer, showcasing a confident side profile and a roofline accent piece that arches along the entire length of the roof and D-pillar, eventually culminating in the LED-accented taillights.
Up front, Buick’s winged grille is flanked by standard LED daytime running lights and available LED headlights that are thinner and more landscaped to enhance the low, wide appearance of the front end.
Inside the luxurious cabin, the new Regal’s interior design takes a tailored, driver-centric approach, featuring premium materials and host of modern technologies. Refined materials in the cabin feature clean lines and uncluttered surfaces, all while keeping utility and capability of utmost importance. Folding down the second row gives the Regal TourX 73.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than its key competitors, and 32.7 cubic feet in the rear hatch area with seats up.
Every Buick Regal TourX also comes equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (AT&T data plan purchase required after limited data trial period) and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan at no additional cost. Among other benefits like an industry-leading myBuick app, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.
A 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on TourX and Preferred trims, while an 8-inch system is standard on the Essence trim with available embedded navigation optional. Bose premium audio with an innovative subwoofer mounted in the spare tire well is also standard with active noise cancellation.
The 2018 Regal TourX offers new levels of crash prevention and protection. Along with the Regal Sportback, it is the first Buick to offer a standard active hood pedestrian safety system that senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 mph and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up about 4 inches to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.
Standard equipment on every 2018 Regal TourX includes intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch, push-button start and entry, Hill Start Assist, 10 air bags, universal home remote and heated side mirrors.
The Buick Regal TourX’s available Driver Confidence I package adds popular active safety features including Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. A more advanced Driver Confidence II package adds Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
Available in three trim levels – TourX, Preferred and Essence – TourX is designed around a lifestyle and exposes a new generation and a new segment of buyers to the Buick brand. Coming soon to Buick dealerships near you!