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Watch Out 2018, The Buick Regal Hatchback & Wagon Is Coming

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From: http://www.autoblog.com/2017/04/04/2018-buick-regal-hatchback-wagon/
The 2018 Buick Regal is now a hatchback and a wagon
By Greg Migliore
 

Buick has long been General Motors’ most traditional brand. With the launch of the 2018 Regal, it’s now arguably GM’s most risk-taking brand. Buick is turning its midsize staple into a hatchback, called the Regal Sportback, and a wagon, the Regal TourX. Revealed Tuesday afternoon at GM’s historic Design Dome in Warren, Mich., the cars will go on sale in the fall after next week’s public debut at the New York Auto Show.

“At Buick we can try things other people haven’t tried,” GM product chief Mark Reuss said.

The wagon – though Reuss was reluctant to call it one – is a longer (3.4 inches), higher-riding (0.6 inches) version of the Regal Sportback. It’s the first Buick wagon since the 1990s Roadmaster, and it’s aimed at the seemingly never-satiated crossover market in the United States.

The TourX will compete against the Volvo XC60 Cross Country, Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback, and BMW 3 Series wagon. The Buick offers up 73.5 cubic feet of storage space behind the front seats and is all-wheel drive only. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that teams with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“It’s something that is very different and very beautiful, and it’s a good alternative for Buick to try,” Reuss said.

The Sportback, meanwhile, offers the same four-cylinder and eight-speed trans as the TourX in AWD trim. The Sportback also offers a front-wheel-drive model that uses a four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic, and the engine is rated at 250 hp and 260 lb-ft in that setup. With swoopy creased styling, the Regal Sportback offers a slightly different riff on the crowded sedan segment, which GM says still has three million annual retail sales. On a side note, Saab fans might feel some old wounds at the sight of the hatchback Buick, as the 5-door 9-3 was axed by GM in an attempt to make the model more mainstream before the brand’s demise.

Both models will offer front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, OnStar and seven-inch or eight-inch touchscreens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As expected, the Regals are based on the Opel Insignia, and they will be built in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Reuss said GM plans to build the Regals there after the company sells Opel to PSA. He also said GM isn’t concerned about potential border/import taxes that could be levied by the Trump Administration.

“I don’t know what the border tax is,” he said. “I don’t know what countries it’s [potentially] implemented on,” he said after the unveiling.

Buick sold 19,833 Regal models last year, trailing the Verano and Lacrosse. All three of Buick’s SUVs outsell the brand’s cars, reflecting the industry shift toward higher crossover sales.

A Preview Of The 2017 Buick LaCrosse

2017 Buick LaCrosse Will Be Available At VanDevere In Akron Ohio

From: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1105726_2017-buick-lacrosse-preview

Buick’s new LaCrosse may not be a BMW-rivaling sports sedan, but it boasts remarkably lithe and polished manners on a curvy road. That’s partly due to its all-new structure, which checks in about 300 pounds lighter than last year’s admittedly porky model, and also to its upgraded five-link rear suspension that can be combined with two-mode adjustable dampers.

Unlike last year, all LaCrosses are now powered by the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This is Buick’s first application of GM’s new V-6, rated here at 310 horsepower and 382 pound-feet of torque, figures up 6 and 18 over last year’s version, respectively. The new V-6 is also mated to an 8-speed automatic—again marking the first time this transmission has been used in a vehicle to wear the automaker’s red, white, and blue shield.

Base LaCrosse models will sticker for $32,990, but selecting the two-mode dampers requires stepping up a couple of trim levels to the oddly named Essence trim level at $39,590 (plus an additional $1,625 for the dampers that are paired with 20-inch, as opposed to 19-inch, alloy wheels). The option doesn’t transform the LaCrosse into a Corvette, but what was already a confident-handling sedan with delightfully light steering feels even more poised when the road turns curvy.

Of course, a Buick can’t be a bad mile-eater, and to that end the LaCrosse succeeds as well. Its interior is Buick’s quietest yet, but what is most remarkable is that it makes use of ultra-light sound deadening. The LaCrosse weighs in at a svelte 3,600 pounds, but quells road rumble like a true heavyweight.

Most LaCrosse models will be front-wheel drive, but Buick offers the full-size sedan with optional all-wheel drive on the range-topping Premium trim level, which is a relative rarity in the full-size class.

LaCrosse squares off nicely against the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES 350, offering style and sophistication more in line with the Lexus, but at a markedly lower price point. Our only complaints are lower-than-expected rear seat leg room for such a big sedan and the fact that adding automatic emergency braking requires piling on a number of options first.

Lots of features are standard on even the base model—a 7.0-inch infotainment screen, xenon headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, and power front seats. From there, the lineup jumps a hefty $4,000 to the LaCrosse Preferred that only adds a power-telescoping steering wheel, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a cargo net. It’s certainly a questionable value, so we’d advise either sticking with the base model or jumping to the $39,590 Essence that brings with it leather heated seats and a few other goodies—and offers optional navigation. The range-topping Premium is the only variant to offer automatic emergency braking, something that is either standard or available at a much lower price point on many rivals.

The 2017 LaCrosse is headed to showrooms shortly, where its $32,990 base price is up $1,000 from last year’s—but it feels worth every penny.