2018 Buick Regal Sportback And TourX Wagon Premiere Before New York

Four months after the Opel Insignia Grand Sport was unveiled for Europe, its North American twin has been unveiled in the form of the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and the Regal TourX before the New York Auto Show.

As the names imply, the Regal Sportback is a sleek-looking four-door hatchback with a design essentially identical to the Insignia Grand Sport. The TourX on the other hand is the first crossover-flavored wagon to be badged a Regal and is just like the Insignia Sports Tourer.

As the Regal is so similar to the Insignia and the new Holden Commodore, it incorporates a slew of features previously reported. Among these is an available intelligent all-wheel drive system with an active twin-clutch and an eight-speed automatic transmission. For those models ordered with front-wheel drive, a nine-speed auto ‘box is the only option.

In terms of powertrains, the 2018 Regal Sportback is limited to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder delivering 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in FWD spec. If the all-wheel drive model is ordered, torque increases to 296 lb-ft. This engine also comes standard with start/stop technology. Other key standard features on the 2018 Regal Sportback include push-button start and entry, 10 air bags, heated side mirrors and Hill Start Assist. There’s also an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot available for five years.

It can also be ordered with the Driver Confidence I and Driver Confidence II packages. The first adds Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. The Driver Confidence II packages then adds Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

As for the 2018 Buick Regal TourX, it directly targets the likes of the Volvo V60 Cross Country, Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon and the Subaru Outback. It is available exclusively with the aforementioned 250 hp, 295 lb-ft, all-wheel drive setup and compared to the Sportback, is 3.4 inches longer, giving it 73.5 cubic feet of space behind the front seats. The TourX is offered with all the same options as the Sportback and will be available in three trim levels, TourX, Preferred and Essence, details of which should be released shortly.

Pricing for the 2018 Buick Regal range has yet to be announced but will come closer to its on-sale date in the fourth quarter of 2017.


  • BlackPegasus

    Looks like the Chevy Cruze.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      you should’ve said that months ago……unfortunately no. cruze is a compact not a mid-size -_-

      • Cobrajet

        Look at the C pillar though.

        • Matthijs

          More a Mazda6 II and III thing. But Opel often looked at Mazda for their design, like the 5 pointed grill, which now has 7, just like Mazda 😉

          • WTF

            Prove that or just stfu, Opel has never been influenced by Mazda

    • WTF

      i love the every new car looks like something else idiots, so a car gets a new grill and it all of sudden looks like other cars….thats stupid it jus is

    • Christian

      Well, the Chevy Cruze and Regal are the same brand…In Europe, they’re sold as the Insginia or the Opel Astra….

    • Benjamin B.

      I like the new Regal. Shit, I’m a millennial and I’m considering getting a Buick. What the heck.

    • Liam Paul

      I don’t see a cruze when I look at it but heck seeing the cruze is such a nice small car, that can not hurt it

  • TheBelltower

    I hope that Buick does a balls-out sporty version. It would be so great to have the spirit of the GNX reincarnated. Please get weird Buick!

    • Six_Tymes

      good idea

  • Matthijs

    How come Japanese/European cars for the US have an open cupholder thing while here you can close it..?

    • dumblikeyou2

      Where’s “here”?


    • Able

      The Opel isn’t a sedan, it’s a liftback. No sedan.

  • Zandit75

    Wow, you don’t even get the V6 which will be available in Australia.
    Now yo can see why us Aussies are disappointed, as there is no RWD, and no V8 models.
    For those unaware, this car is replacing your Chevy SS!!

  • hwkr_01
    • Zandit75

      Similar, just without the airbag.

  • no25

    Why does it look so much better with an Opel logo? They’re the same car I know, but still….

    • Dale

      Because the Opel/Vauxhall/Holden emblems are all smaller than the obnoxious Buick badge

      • dumblikeyou2

        The obnoxious tri-shield you’re referring to, sells a whole helluva lot more in China than the Opel badge ever did or will. China’s where it’s at with Buick.

        • Dale

          If they were to keep the Buick badge the same size as the other brands, at least for North America, it wouldn’t look as garish. Minor styling differences between the two versions is inconsequential for cost. But sadly garishly large badges seems to have infected North American styling too lately

    • Seb Jones

      floating slits in the grill > chunky waterfall

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      That stupid orange marker light does American models no favours

    • Nordschleife

      I think this debut color scheme sucks and where is the good looking rims from the Opel counterpart?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Ok Buick, now let’s see a GNX version of this.

  • ediotsavant

    Looks like a Chevy MalibuImpala.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      That’s because they’re on the same platform

  • ejd1984

    I guess they decided not to pursue the sedan variant.

  • ejd1984

    Both the sedan and wagon look good.

    But after being teased with the Avenir and Avista – A hint of disappointment

  • O123

    I hate the yellow lights that us cars need. Looks terrible.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      That’s orange ?

  • Six_Tymes

    wagon looks fantastic

  • Tumbi Mtika

    You know what? I think I’m starting to not like this design as much.

    *But, yaaay, a wagon…


  • Dennis Scipio

    so the wagon is coming to america too?

    • Tumbi Mtika


      • Dennis Scipio

        oh that’s cool, nice to know that that station wagons aren’t dead yet in the US compared to like Europe.

      • MP4-12C

        Out of curiosity, how many wagons are still on sale in the US? I mean wagon wagons, not crossovers like Outback.

        • Tumbi Mtika


          Not including this.

  • Mark S

    The Wagon is the looker of the two.

  • f1300

    Buick needed so many years of hard, tearful work and intense devotion to develope this car. Especially the brands exclusive design both of ex- and interior took all what it needs from those hardworking men and women at Buick.

  • bluecar

    “The TourX on the other hand is the first wagon to be badged a Regal…” Are you sure this is the first Regal wagon? (Spoiler alert: it isn’t.)

  • KidRed

    Bigger Chevy Cruze with moar chromez cause murica.

  • Benjamin B.

    Look! It’s a traditional automatic shifter! Hint, hint, Lincoln, GMC, Jeep, etc.

    Only thing that I hope will be added is a more powerful turbocharged and/or V6 engine… I.E. a GS and/or GNX variant.

  • therealsybarite

    anyone know if the jacked up, plastic clad wagon is the only wagon version?
    if i want something jacked up and plastic clad i’ll get an SUV. i’m looking for a wagon that handles nice. the lifted suspension will just make handling that much worse.

  • Infinite1

    Buick really need to spend some time and money on better rim design.

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