2018 Regal coming as hatchback and wagon, but no sedan

And that’s it.

The Regal, as a traditional sedan, is dead. The new Sportback is the closest approximation of a normal four-door, bringing a coupe-like roofline and a liftback rear hatch that promises a stylish look and a welcome dose of versatility. There’s 60.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the back of the high-opening hatch (with the rear seats folded down), which Buick boasts bests the new Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

2018 Buick Regal

2018 Buick Regal

The TourX is a different take on versatility, bringing a traditional wagon to the Buick range in a move that will make demented auto journalists (like yours truly) cheer. Boasting an extra 3.4 inches of bodywork and a total of 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space, the Regal TourX also enjoys a slightly higher ride height. The idea, based on the list of vehicles it has more cargo space than, is for the TourX to outclass everything from the Volvo V70 to the Subaru Outback.

In the Sportback’s case, the standard model uses a front-wheel-drive arrangement with a 9-speed automatic transmission. An available active twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system ditches the 9-speed and uses an 8-speed automatic instead. But no matter the arrangement, the Sportback relies on a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder with a GM-estimated 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Adding all-wheel-drive boosts the torque output to a hearty 295 lb-ft. The TourX shares the Sportback’s turbocharged engine, power output, and all-wheel-drive system–yep, in a shot across the Audi Allroad’s bow, the TourX comes with the twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system as standard.

Buick is getting the new Regals out ahead of next week’s New York auto show, where it will release more details on its Avenir sub-brand and give us a glimpse of the new Enclave. We’ll be on hand for that, as well as a second look at the new Regal twins. For more from New York, visit our dedicated hub.

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