The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and Regal TourX both feature sleek and sporty design upgrades, along with Active Hood Technology aimed at keeping pedestrians and fellow drivers safe. First up is the Regal Sportback, weighing 200 pounds less than the previous generation Regal in a coupe-like, athletic sedan. Inside, the cabin maintains a driver-centric setting, with the center stack skewed towards the driver for a cockpit feel, and 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space, courtesy of split-folding second row seats.
The elegance of the Regal Sportback is contrasted by Regal TourX, featuring a rugged exterior with standard roof rails. There’s standard intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin-clutch at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution. This is beneficial not just in snow weather, but also during “spirited driving,” in which the system relies less on braking to for maximum performance and efficiency. Finally, folding down the second row offers 73.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, or 32.7 cubic feet in the rear hatch area with the seats up.
Both models are equipped with Active Hood Technology, which can sense the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 mph. A pyrotechnic actuator lifts the back of the hood up about 4 inches, lessening the impact and potentially reducing injury.
The new Regals are expected to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017.