2018 Buick Regal TourX Wagon
Buick introduces the Regal TourX for the 2018 model year — a rugged wagon that delivers a new body style to the Regal nameplate.
“Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, global Buick and GMC. “Additionally, it continues a trend set by the Cascada and Encore of bringing Buick’s contemporary design and attainable luxury credentials to new segments where customers are looking for more. TourX enters a vibrant segment with passion and youthful energy where drivers are able to experience the new Buick.”
The Regal TourX features a rugged exterior appearance, highlighted by durable fascia and fender moldings.
Up front, Buick’s tri-color shield logo sits atop the brand’s new winged grille, which is flanked by standard LED daytime running lights with Buick’s signature Wing design element and low-placed fog lights. Optional LED headlights are thinner and more landscaped than the standard lights, enhancing the low, wide appearance of the front end.
Compared to the Regal Sportback, the Regal TourX is 3.4 inches longer and rides higher, enabling greater capability. It also features standard roof rails for mounting a roof rack.
The side side profile is characterized by a roofline accent piece that arches along the entire length of the roof and D-pillar, eventually culminating in LED-accented taillights.
A stylized “fin” sits just aft of the rear glass, housing the vehicle’s various antennae while the fuel door is located on the passenger side of the vehicle. To note, the hood-mounted portholes that graced the previous-generation Regal and other Buick models is not present on the 2018 Regal family.
At the rear, Buick’s tri-color shield flanked by LED-accented taillamps, a roof-mounted spoiler, a rear glass wiper and dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets. The rear end also features a hands-free power liftgate with a Buick tri-shield logo lamp that illuminates the ground beneath the sensor. The feature is standard on upper trim levels.
Though the Regal TourX is a midsize wagon, it is not a traditional wagon. Instead, it’s a ruggedized wagon thanks to a higher ride height and an increased amount of plastic cladding on the body to protect critical areas from debris coming off the wheels.
A non-ruggedized version of the Regal TourX is sold in Europe as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. In that regard, the more rugged TourX is the equivalent of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer, which is the more rugged version of the Insignia Sports Tourer.
The Regal TourX’s cabin takes a driver-centric approach, as the center stack skews towards the driver for an integrated feel, and the cabin’s craftsmanship is characterized by clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, premium materials and a host of modern technologies, all while keeping utility and capability of utmost importance.
Folding down the second row gives the Regal TourX 73.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than its key competitors, including the Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3-series Sport Wagon and the Subaru Outback. The rear hatch has 32.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats up.
The 2018 Regal TourX is filled with the latest in-vehicle technologies, including standard push-button start and entry, IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more. Other standard features include universal home remote and heated side mirrors.
A 7-inch IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard on TourX and Preferred trim levels, while an 8-inch system with available embedded navigation is standard on the Essence trim.
A Bose premium audio system with an innovative subwoofer mounted in the spare tire well is also standard with active noise cancellation.
Every Regal TourX comes equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (AT&T data plan purchase is required after limited data trial period) and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan at no additional cost.
Among other benefits like the myBuick app, the service includes OnStar Smart Driver — an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is powered exclusively by GM’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter four-cylinder LTG engine with standard start/stop technology making 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That power is routed to the ground via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch for greater control on any surface.
Also offered on the Regal Sportback, Envision and LaCrosse, the AWD system uses two clutches at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution. Beneficial not just in snowy weather but also during spirited driving, the system relies less on braking to maintain maximum performance and efficiency.
|Market||OEM||Model Year||Brand||Model||Engine||Aspiration||Drive||Trans||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)|
|U.S., Canada||General Motors Company||2018||Buick||Regal TourX||2.0L I4 LTG DOHC||Turbo||AWD||8-speed auto MRC||250 / 186.4 @ 5400||295 / 395 @ 3000-4000|
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX offers new levels of crash prevention and protection, including ten standard airbags, Front Pedestrian Braking and Buick’s first active hood pedestrian safety system.
The vehicle offers two optional Driver Confidence Packages:
Driver Confidence I Package includes:
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Park Assist
Driver Confidence II Package adds:
The 2018 Regal family is the first Buick to offer a standard active hood pedestrian safety system that senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 mph and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up about 4 inches to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.
The 2018 Regal TourX chassis has been tuned for refined control and a confident everyday driving character.
AWD models feature an all-new five-link rear suspension that provides improved road noise isolation and tuning designed to match that drivetrain’s advanced capabilities, while signature Buick QuietTuning includes all-new tire insulation to help reduce road noise on front-wheel-drive models.
Hill Start Assist is standard.
The 2018 Regal uses an advanced body structure that is stiffer, stronger and approximately 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation model (in this case the Opel Insignia Country Tourer), resulting in a better driving experience, increased agility and better fuel economy. The weight reduction is the result of GM’s new E2 platform on which the new Regal is based.
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is available in three trim levels:
- TourX (base)
Buick says that the vehicle is “is designed around a lifestyle and exposes a new generation and a new segment of buyers to the Buick brand.”
The 2018 Regal TourX went on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is available exclusively in North America.
The sixth-generation Buick Regal is available in several body styles and variants in various global markets. In Europe, the Buick Regal TourX is available under the Opel brand (called Vauxhall in the United Kingdom) as the Opel Insignia Country Tourer (Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer). A non-ruggedized version is called the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer (Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer).
Following are all the major derivatives of the sixth-generation Buick Regal family.
|General Motors Company||Buick||Regal Sportback||Sportback / Liftback||North America|
|General Motors Company||Buick||Regal GS (Regal GS Sportback)||Sportback / Liftback||North America|
|General Motors Company||Buick||Regal TourX||Rugged Wagon||North America|
|Shanghai GM||Buick||Regal GS||Sedan||China|
|Adam Opel AG||Opel||Insignia Grand Sport||Sportback / Liftback||Europe (excluding United Kingdom)|
|Adam Opel AG||Opel||Insignia Sports Tourer||Wagon||Europe (excluding United Kingdom)|
|Adam Opel AG||Opel||Insignia Country Tourer||Ruggedized Wagon||Europe (excluding United Kingdom)|
|Adam Opel AG||Vauxhall||Insignia Grand Sport||Sportback / Liftback||United Kingdom|
|Adam Opel AG||Vauxhall||Insignia Sports Tourer||Wagon||United Kingdom|
|Adam Opel AG||Vauxhall||Insignia Country Tourer||Ruggedized Wagon||United Kingdom|
|GM Holden Ltd||Holden||Commodore||Sportback / Liftback||Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)|
|GM Holden Ltd||Holden||Commodore Tourer||Wagon||Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)|
|Trim Level||Trim Code||Mode||Code||Starting Price (USD)|
|TourX AWD (base)||1SV||4ZU35||$29,995|
Buick identifies the following key competitors for the 2018 Regal TourX:
- BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon
- Audi A4 Allroad
- Volvo V60 Cross Country
The 2018 Regal TourX rides on GM’s E2 platform shared with the following vehicles:
- All sixth-gen Buick Regal variants:
- Opel Insignia (second generation) / Vauxhall Insignia
- Holden Commodore (NG)
- Chevrolet Malibu (second generation)
- Cadillac XT4 (first generation)
- Buick LaCrosse (third generation), which rides on the long wheelbase variant of E2 platform
The 2018 Buick Regal TourX will be assembled at a GM-Opel facility in Germany. GM stated that the sale of Opel to PSA Group will not impact the vehicle’s availability during its lifecycle.
The 2018 Regal TourX offers several customer-minded accessories, including:
- Variable roof rack
- Portable Bluetooth speaker
- Keyless keypad entry
|Model:||Buick Regal TourX|
|Body style:||station wagon|
|Driveline:||transversely-mounted frontengine; all-wheel drive|
|EPA vehicle class:||station wagon|
|Key competitors:||BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon, Audi A4 Allroad, Volvo V60 Cross Country|
|Engine:||2.0L turbocharged I-4|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||122 cu in / 1998 cc|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||DOHC, four valves per cylinder with CVVT|
|Fuel delivery:||side direct fuel injection|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||250 hp @ 5500 RPM|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||295 lb.-ft. @ 3000-4000 RPM|
Chassis & Suspension
|Suspension (front):||MacPherson strut|
|Steering type:||Rack-mounted electric power steering|
|Turning circle (ft. / m):||40 ft. / 12.2 m|
|Wheel size and type:||18-inch aluminum|
|Tires:||Continental ProContact tx 235/50R18|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||111.4 / 2829|
|Overall length (in / mm):||196.3 / 4985|
|Overall width (in / mm):||73.3 / 1863|
|Overall height (in / mm):||58.4 / 1484|
|Front track (in / mm):||62.8 / 1596|
|Rear track (in / mm):||63.0 / 1599|
|Curb weight (TourX base) (lb / kg):||4239 / 1923|
|Curb weight (Preferred) (lb / kg):||4270 / 1937|
|Curb weight (Essence) (lb / kg):||4286 / 1944|
|Seating capacity:||up to five passengers|
|Front headroom (in / mm):||38.8 / 985|
|Rear headroom (in / mm):||39.6 / 1006|
|Front legroom (in / mm):||42.1 / 1070|
|Rear legroom (in / mm):||36.9 / 938|
|Front shoulder room (in / mm):||56.9 / 1444|
|Rear shoulder room (in / mm):||55.4 / 1407|
|Front hip room (in / mm):||55.2 / 1403|
|Rear hip room (in / mm):||54.1 / 1375|
|Cargo volume (rear seats up) (cu. ft.):||32.7 cu. ft.|
|Cargo volume (rear seats folded) (cu. ft.):||73.5 cu. ft.|