2018 Buick Regal Sportback / TourX unveiled

Over the past few years, several members of Buick’s range have been based on Vauxhall / Opel models. That arrangement looks set to continue (United States import tariff increases notwithstanding), even after PSA Group completes its purchase of General Motors’ European subsidiaries.

Indeed, according to a recent statement issued by Opel, “investments [in the Rüsselsheim and Eisenach plants] are also confirmed for exports of sister products for another GM brand.”

So, the future of the just-announced (and German-built) 2018 Regal seems assured.

When deliveries begin during the fourth quarter of this year, Buick’s customers will have a choice of five-door Sportback hatchback or TourX wagon body styles.

Buick Regal Sportback (2018) Front Side

Buick Regal TourX (2018) Front Side

They might look familiar, because they’re essentially reworked versions of the Vauxhall / Opel Insignia Grand Sport and Insignia Sports Tourer respectively. Significantly, a four-door Regal sedan won’t be offered.

From launch, the only available engine is going to be a 2.0 litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder gasoline unit which develops 250 bhp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 260 lb/ft (352 Nm) of torque. That output is sent to the front wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

An all-wheel drive system incorporating an active twin-clutch rear differential will be the sole drivetrain option. This sees the torque figure rise to 295 lb/ft (400 Nm), but the gearbox loses a ratio.

Buick is planning to confirm full specifications and prices nearer to the new Regal’s on-sale date.

Buick Regal TourX (2018) Interior Buick Regal Sportback (2018) Rear Side

Buick Regal TourX (2018) Rear SideBuick Regal Sportback (2018) Dashboard

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