2018 Buick Regal Makes Its Chinese Debut With A Traditional Trunk5
While North American audiences have already been treated to their 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and TourX, it’s China’s turn. The 2018 Buick Regal has made its official debut at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.
The most important takeaway from the Chinese 2018 Regal is the fact there is no liftback to be found. That’s right, China retains a traditional four-door sedan layout with a sealed trunk. However, it doesn’t do much to disturb the decidedly handsome proportions. And when can we get this screaming red hue for North America, Buick?
Chinese buyers will be treated to either a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both paired to General Motors’ latest 9-speed automatic transmission. The brand says buyers should expect a more refined, quiet driving experience from the mighty popular Regal line with these powertrains. There will also be a hybrid variant in the future, Buick confirmed. No word on if North America will see the same treatment.
There will also be a hybrid variant in the future, Buick confirmed. No word on if North America will see the same treatment.
The Regal first went on sale in China in 2002 and it has become a staple sedan for Buick’s lineup. Last year, deliveries totaled 71,000 vehicles as Chinese buyers put plenty of Regals in their driveways.
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Lucky Chinese… THIS is the Regal I am looking for.
What gives? Are the sales of sedans so bad in the US, that we get a liftback? Is the LaCrosse the only Buick sedan now while everything else is a CUV/SUV variant? I guess I’m old school. I hope that seeing the Regal at the LA Auto Show will convince me that the premium Sportback is a better buy than a CUV,
I don’t know why Buick/Holden just don’t introduce both variants (Sedan & Sportback/Hatch) into their respective markets; let them dook it out for a year, then depending on the outcome remove the low volume mover after a full sales year. Particularly if GM’s rationale for introducing specific configurations is based on other models or historical sales data.
It makes more sense to gauge the market first on a new model release (which is what the redesigned 2017 Opel Insignia is compared to the 2016 model).
I think GM is shooting itself in the foot / making a home goal, by not taking this approach.
I think Sedan buyers can accept the liftback, because nobody else can tell it’s a liftback and it looks like a sedan.
I don’t think many will buy it just because it’s a liftback, but more are likely to pass because it’s a liftback.
Since they have the parts to make it a sedan in China, it’s not like they are saving more staying all liftback.
might as well get a CUV or a Wagon over a liftback/ hatch…I find them ugly.