Buick expands Regal family, gunning for new segments
These fresh faces are Buick's handsome new Regal Sportback and TourX models.
Yeah, I know what you're thinking.
The sedan, it's dead as fried chicken.
But given America's slumping four door sales, I don't think anybody's gonna mind.
Besides these new Regals aren't just attractive their new shapes means they'll be inherently more useful too.
Today most people think of the Regal as a sedan but in its heyday, it was better known as a coupe and those with really long memories may recall that Buick once offered a Regal Wagon.
I remember that early 80s basket of deplorable well.
My best friend's mom drove one when I was a kid and I think I still got burn marks on the backs of my legs from the vinyl seats.
Kids today: they have it so easy.
Not only are there roomier, less burny back seats, there's standard 4G LTE wifi to keep junior's iPad streaming.
Mum and dad they shouldn't been bought a front either they'll have 250 horse power and 295 pound feet of token at their disposal as well as standard a wheel drive.
And there is more space in the back of this thing for everyone's gear than in any conceivable rival.
There is over 73 cubic feet with the seats down.
I'm happy to report that the interior is a big step up over the old model button heavy cabin.
There's a standard seven inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
And an optional eight inch unit with navigation.
Buick's IntelliLink systems have been really strong lately.
So hopefully, these are as snappy and well laid out.
I've always been a big fan of fastback five doors.
Like this Regal sportback.
So I'm particularly glad to see this body style offered in America.
This one offers over 60 cubic feed of cargo space with the second row stowing.
And it's got similar standard equipment levels to the Tour X. INcluding a boat load of available advanced driver assist technologies.
The Sports back is slightly lower than the Tour X.
And unlike that wagon, this car comes standard with front wheel drive.
You'll get a nine speed automatic instead of an eight,
But you'll also have 35 fewer pound feet of torque.
I think I'd opt for the all wheel drive.
Like the outgoing Regal, both of these cars are actually thinly reworked Opel Insignias from GM of Europe.
That's a good thing.
Because that suggests they should have solid driving dynamics.
We'll have to wait until closer to their fall, on-sale dates, to find out for sure.
But right now, standing here at GM's Warren, Michigan, Design Dome, these two look really promising.
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