More Speculation on the Buick Regal TourX
Back on the Arnie Bauer blog in late August, we discussed the rumors of Buick introducing a wagon model to its lineup—the Buick Regal. Since then, the wagon rumors have only heated up, and the online outlet GM Authority is almost certain it will be introduced in 2018 as the Regal TourX.
As GM Authority writer Sean Szymkowski points out, Buick isn’t likely to market a vehicle of this nature as a station wagon. “That’s a dirty word to Americans,” he writes, “conjuring thoughts of bloated people movers with faux wood paneling.”
Not your grandfather’s station wagon
But if our looks at the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, GM’s European subsidiary, give any indication of that the Buick wagon could do, it definitely wouldn’t deserve such a bad reputation. In fact, GM Authority’s digital artist created a mock-up rendering of what we might expect out of a Buick Regal TourX, and it’s a far cry from being a “bloated people mover,” in our opinion.
If Szymkowski and his team are to be believed, the Buick wagon would share the same fluid, modern design seen in the Insignia Grand Sport while possibly coming standard with all-wheel drive and a raised ride height to play up its off-road appearance and capability. These presumptions play into the theory that the Regal lineup will see a significant redesign for the 2018 model year, featuring more upscale styling, a new platform (possibly the E2XX as seen in the Chevrolet Malibu) and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Until we get a clearer picture, a lot remains unanswered about the rumored Buick wagon, and it’s possible that the Regal lineup enters another model year without coming close to any of the speculation popping up online. But considering Buick’s brand shift towards being more design-conscious and upscale oriented, a Regal TourX along these lines would not come as a surprise to those of us here at Arnie Bauer.