The 2018 Buick Regal will be offered in two body designs, a four-door hatchback sedan and a four-door wagon. Both are brand-new to the Regal line, which at present entails a standard front-drive sedan. Like the current Regal, both are generally front-drive, and both are midsize.
But hatchback sedans are rare in the United States, and there hasn’t been a wagon in the Buick garage since the last Roadmaster headed out of production in 1996. And naturally we don’t say wagon anymore.
2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Sportback is the name provided to the new hatchback Regal, a body style that, like the TourX, offers a substantial cargo hold– 61 cubic feet– while keeping passenger car proportions. As well as automobile great looks.
The style provides the new Regal sedan a quick profile, with the rear hatch falling away to the back of the car– no kick up to accommodate a trunk cover. And the net result is an extremely smooth coupe-like profile, similar to some Audi styles.
The Sportback is significantly larger than the existing Regal sedan. At 192.9 inches overall it’s 2.7 inches longer, on a wheelbase that’s stretched 3.6 inches, to 111.4.
Like the TourX, the Sportback appears agreeably spacious, fore and aft, and both vehicles use the expected selection of connectivity and infotainment features.
2018 Buick Regal Engine
All 2018 Buick Regal will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter direct injection 4-cylinder producing 250 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque.
In the Sportback, the turbo sends power to the front wheels by means of a 9-speed automated transmission, or to all 4 via an optional torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, with an 8-speed. All-wheel drive is basic for the TourX, which is restricted to the 8-speed auto.
In the Sportback, power-to-weight should be a bit better than present Regal, whose 2.0-liter turbo 4 creates 259 horsepower however weighs about 200 pounds more, trim for trim. The Sportback will max out at about 3,900 pounds. Search for 0-to-60 mph in about 6 seconds. The TourX weighs over 4,200 pounds, which will make it slower.
2018 Buick Regal Release Date and Price
The 2018 Buick Regal will reach Buick showrooms this fall in four trim levels (Regal, Preferred, Preferred II, and Essence). Current Regal MSRPs vary from just under $28,000 to over $37,000. Anticipating a greater price range for the brand-new Regals, especially the all-wheel drive TourX, is a quite safe bet.