Not so long ago, American households embraced the break as part of their collective identity, which is as much a part of the family fabric as the dog. But if minivans beat these humble carriers to retirement in the ’80s and’ 90s, the rise of SUVs and crossovers nearly completed them in the 2000s. In fact, looking around the market today, it’s There is not even one model offered by an American automaker. The aging of Ford Flex is probably the closest thing. But that changes this fall, when the 2018 Buick Regal TourX hits dealers.
We could say that the Buick Regal TourX, made in Germany, comes from the Opel Insignia Country Tourer in Europe (Opel having recently been sold by GM to the French group PSA, manufacturer of Peugeot and Citroën), let’s be honest; the TourX is the Country Tourer. The only differences are the badges on the grille and tailgate and on the central hubcaps. Subaru Outback proportions are made beautiful by the Mazda-esque style. Hockey stick LED taillights accentuate the fine headlights that can be upgraded to the LEDs themselves visually enhancing the position. The roof rails rest on an elegant roofline, highlighted by excessively long chrome arches that seem to extend from the TourX A pillars to the A pillars of the car following it. To give the Regal a chance to fight against Encores and Enclaves in the showrooms, black molded plastic moldings houses two chrome tailpipes at the back and encompasses the lower fascia, wheel wells, and panels. toggle. This “blastic”, in blatant contradiction with the fluid lines of the body, gives the desired robust appearance and protects the paint for the few who could really take the TourX off the beaten track. The 18-inch wheels wrapped in Continental rubber are the only wheels and tires available.
The switchgear, controls, central gauge unit, and booster infotainment system are reminiscent of the equipment found in the GM lineup, but minor driver-centered controls are tilted toward the pilot. A 7.0-inch Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible infotainment screen is standard on the base and mid-level preferred versions, and an 8.0-inch display is standard on premium gasoline. The most luxurious TourX trim has a wide, soft plastic coating, faux wood trim inside the car, and leather-wrapped panels with contrast stitching. When properly equipped, the heated and cooled front seats also receive leather treatment. Buick has not announced a price, but we think the TourX will start a little higher than its direct competitor, the Outback.
Based on the recently introduced Opel Insignia Sports Tourer for Europe, the TourX will be delivered as standard with all wheel drive, and is only available with a General Motors 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 250 horsepower and a healthy 295 lb-ft of torque. You can have any transmission you like, as long as it’s an eight-speed automatic.
The base price is $ 29,995 with well-equipped models approaching $ 40,000 when sales begin this fall.