The station wagon gained popularity among American families back in the late 1950’s when vehicles like the Chevy Nomad began pricing out some of the well-known, high-end convertibles of the day.
And some sources say that the two-door family wagons of the early 50’s were the last to don real wood bodies based on a truck’s chassis, while offering a unique greatness that reaches far beyond contemporary standards of duplication.
Which is why station wagon aficionados are so excited about the 2018 Buick Regal.
Labeled by vice president of Global Buick and GMC, Duncan Aldred as a “true crossover” and a “station wagon” that offers the “drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV,” this vehicle is – in every sense of the word – a Regal sedan reincarnate.
Designed to go toe-to-toe with the Audi A4 Allroad, BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon and the Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Regal crossover is a head-turner showcased in two new trims – the Sportback and the TourX.
Not only does the Sportback gain a significant amount of cargo space for 2018 which equates to 31.5 cubic feet, it also takes on a more slender design - shedding 200 pounds or so of sheet metal.
The GM-built Sportback wagon comes standard with front-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission deployed with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, 250 horsepower and 260 pound feet of torque.
If you opt for a little more power, the all-wheel drive Sportback gets an eight speed automatic transmission capable of 250 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque. Some of the features on this trim include a universal home remote control, 10 air bags, heated side mirrors and the push-button start.
The roof of the hatchback is designed with the popular fastback style and is tapered to the rear near the trunk.
Roughly 0.6 inches taller than the Sportback, the Regal TourX comes with a standard all-wheel drive, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and eight-speed transmission, capable of 250 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque.
Not only is it an attractive option among many of other vehicles in its class, the 2018 Regal TourX provides plenty of cargo space to haul all of the family belongings and more.
The TourX also offers a slew of tech amenities like a 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility, an 8-inch navigation unit, a Bose premium audio system with active noise cancellation and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
Buick is hoping that the Regal’s attractive design and roomy interior will entice younger buyers to want to invest in the brand and plans to add more small and large trucks to its lineup in the future. Describing the 2018 Buick Regal in a nutshell, Duncan Aldred said, "the new Regal Sportback was developed with today's active, independent, premium car customer in mind."
With the crossover market in the U.S. virtually exploding, Anthony Buick thinks the 2018 Regal fits nicely between the family and the larger SUV – set to arrive at your local GMC dealer later this year.