Buick’s Regal sedan will be replaced in the U.S. with a sedan-styled five-door hatchback and the brand’s first wagon in two decades — the Regal TourX.
The new Regal models are expected to be rebadged versions of Opel’s Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and Insignia Sports Tourer wagon that debuted this month at the Geneva auto show.
A hatchback provides the styling of a sedan but some of the storage capacity and flexibility of a crossover.
The 2018 Buick Regal is scheduled to debut on April 4 at GM’s Warren Technical Center in suburban Detroit, a week ahead of its first auto show appearance in New York alongside the redesigned Buick Enclave crossover.
Buick spokesman Stuart Fowle declined to comment on the body types planned for the next-generation Regal, which has been a midsize sedan since the automaker resurrected the nameplate in 2010.
LMC Automotive and AutoForecast Solutions expect the hatchback and wagon versions of the Regal to be built at Opel’s Ruesselsheim factory in Germany and imported to the U.S.
A sedan version of the next-generation Regal is expected to be produced in China for that market but not exported to the U.S. or Europe. It is expected to be introduced in April at the Shanghai auto show.
Leaked photos of the sedan show hood lines compared to the hatchback’s that align with the large glass window.
Current production of the Regal for the United States is expected to end at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant this year.