Buick has seen somewhat of a resurgence in recent years, but it needs to keep the momentum. To upgrade its lineup of sedans, the American automaker has completely redesigned its Regal for 2018, giving it a new body style, tons of cargo room, a redesigned cabin, and new features.
The 2018 Regal will be almost unrecognizable next to the current model, as it will feature a new Sportback body. This combines the usefulness of a hatchback and the sleekness of a four-door coupe, as its swooping rear glass doubles almost as a hatch, giving easy access to a large cargo area.
This revised rear end isn’t all that's new, as the rest of the Regal’s body is brand-new too. It features rounded edges, slick character lines, all-new headlights and taillights, and a new grille. The car will be 2.7 inches longer, 0.2 inches wider, and 1.1 inches shorter in height with compared to the current model. It will also ride on a 3.6-inch-longer wheelbase than its predecessor and weigh about 200 pounds less.
Inside, the Regal Sportback will be cleaner than before, with uncluttered surfaces and a driver-centric center console angle. It will also feature premium upholstery to go along with its standard keyless entry and ignition, hill-start assist, universal home remote, heated side mirrors, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. Available options will include an 8-inch touchscreen and Bose premium audio system. Inside, the 2018 Regal Sportback will boast a massive cargo area that will swallow up to 31.5 cubic feet of stuff with the seats up and 60.7 cubes with the seats folded.
Under its hood, the 2018 Regal Sportback will come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will ship 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. Optionally, buyers will be able to add intelligent all-wheel drive that will also bump the four-cylinder’s torque to 295 lb-ft. All-wheel-drive models will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Safety will be a focal point for the new Regal Sportback, as it will feature tons of advanced features, like a standard active hood pedestrian safety system. At speeds of 16-30 mph, this system senses an imminent impact with a pedestrian and pushes the rear of the hood upward 4 inches to reduce the possibility of injury to the pedestrian.
Also available will be optional lane-change alert, side blind-zone alert, front pedestrian braking, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, lane-keep assist, automatic forward emergency braking, and adaptive cruise. If the car is able to score well in IIHS crash tests and headlight effectiveness standards, it will be in striking distance of the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus rating.
Expect a full review closer to launch.