Buick is adding two new variants to the Regal: “Buick builds on its track record of making bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments to deliver unique customer offerings that fit modern lifestyles.” One of those “unique offerings” is a powerful sports sedan, the Buick Regal Sportback, and the other is a reimagined station wagon.
Buick Regal Sportback
The Buick Regal Sportback starts with available All-Wheel Drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sportback’s AWD system “uses two clutches at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution. Beneficial not just in snowy weather but also during spirited driving, the system relies less on braking to maintain maximum performance and efficiency.” Buick have also added a 2.0L engine that cranks out 250 horsepower to push those wheels.
In 2017, Buick’s entire lineup received 5-Star Safety Ratings from IIHS. Now, they’re building on that success with the latest in safety technology. For example, the Sportback will add an industry first active hood pedestrian safety system. The system “senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 25-48 km/h (16-30 mph) and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood […] to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.” But, with available Front Pedestrian Braking, collisions with pedestrians can hopefully be avoided entirely. Other available safety features on theBuick Regal Sportback include:
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert,
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Park Assist.
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking
Buick Regal Tour X
The Canadian auto market is showing a high demand for compact and subcompact SUVs. Drivers want fuel efficient vehicles with AWD functionality. For this reason, all three of Buick’s SUVs outsell their cars. So, it makes sense that Buick would aim for the gap between the compact SUV and large sedans. Therefore, they’re introducing the 2018 Regal Tour X in hopes of making the station wagon sexy again. To its credit, the Tour X evinces some European flair. It’s design lines are much smoother than competitors like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. In other words, it’s not the boxy station wagon with rear-facing seats from your childhood road trips. But the logic behind reintroducing the station wagon is function, not form.
And the Tour X is certainly functional. It will have greater ground clearance than other Regal models and will likely feature All-Wheel Drive. Further, it will share the Sportback’s turbocharged 2.0L Tour X But perhaps its greatest feature is the ample cargo space. Behind the rear seats, you’ll find 33 cubic feet. When you fold those seats down, you’ll get 74 cubic feet. That’s enough space to rival most small SUVs. The cost, if you consider it as such, is the Regal’s size. The Tour X is incredibly long – seven inches longer than the comparable Subaru Outback. Then again, it will be a more manageable driving platform than most compact SUVs.
Both the Sportback and Tour X will be available at the beginning of next year. If you can’t wait that long, explore the 2017 Regal today.