We haven’t seen a Buick station wagon in the U.S. since the 1996 Roadmaster, but that all changes with the release of the all-new 2018 Buick Regal TourX.
The TourX will bring in all the new styling bits we saw on the Regal Sportback, including the new Buick face, updated waterfall grille, new headlights, and swoopy body lines. That said, this wagon... err crossover, as Buick is calling it, will ride a bit higher and is 3.4 inches longer than its Sportback sibling. Of course, there will also be that station wagon backside to distinguish it.
Inside, the TourX will also take on the new Regal’s more driver-focused and well-equipped interior. Buyers will also find this cabin will be plenty happy to swallow cargo with the best of them, as will haul up to 32.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and 73.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. Cargo won’t be all that has plenty of room, as the TourX’s front seats will have 42.1 inches of leg room and 38.8 inches of headroom, and the rear seats will have 36.9 inches of leg room and 39.6 inches of headroom. Sorry, unlike wagons of yesteryear, this rig will not have rear-facing third-row seats.
As a sub-luxury brand, Buick is all about stuffing its models with a wide array of premium features. In the 2018 Regal TourX, these features will include keyless entry and ignition, a universal home remote, heated side-view mirrors, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 7-inch infotainment system, a Bose audio system with a subwoofer, LED daytime running lights, and more. In the range-topping Essence trim, the infotainment system will get an 8-inch screen and navigation as standard.
Under its hood, the Regal TourX will come with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will deliver 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with a standard eight-speed auto transmission that will deliver the power to an intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The later will feature a twin-clutch system for enhanced control on all surfaces.
While IIHS safety testing is still way down the road, we anticipate high ratings for the Regal TourX. It will not only have a standard active hood pedestrian safety system, but it will also have two optional Driver Confidence packages that will add important technology like lane-change and blind-spot alert, front pedestrian braking, automatic forward braking, and more.
Expect a full review closer to launch.