While Opel is starting to learn French now, the Insignia is still a project that was fully developed with General Motors, which is why it’s crossing the ocean to North America as the new generation 2018 Buick Regal.
The current Regal has been based on the Insignia as well, but in America was only offered as a sedan. Now the brand chose to forego the body style in favor of Insignia’s other version – the liftback, hence the Regal Sportback designation. And while the rugged Insignia is not yet out, we do have its twin Regal instance – the new Regal TourX – a high-riding competitor for the likes of the Audi Allroad and Volvo V60 Cross Country. Both body styles make use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine – the front-wheel-drive Sportback gets 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, as well as a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Sportback can be had with AWD, and torque will jump to 295 lb-ft, but this time it will be mated to an eight-speed automatic. The TourX, on the other hand uses the latter combination – 250 horsepower, 295 lb-ft and eight-speed auto.
Buick will be pitting the Regal Sportback against the new generation Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe while the TourX wagon is going against popular choices such as the Subaru Outback. Inside, the models come with GM’s latest and greatest in terms of technology, driver assistance and safety systems. There’s a standard seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an optional eight-inch setup with factory navigation. Among the safety systems, new for a Buick is the active hood – it “senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 miles per hour and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up about four inches.