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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Buick Regal “Tourx” Wagon Could Be a Soccer-Mom Sleeper

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There has been a rumor going around that Buick could bring a wagon version of the next-generation of the Regal to the U.S. market and China. It would be the first wagon from the quasi-premium automaker in years, and a recent trademark filing by General Motors suggests it could be for real.
 
According to Jalopnik, General Motors made a trademark filing last week for the name “Tourx” and “Regal Tourx.” This car could, in all possibility, be a rebadged Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, but with the recently trademarked, American-ready name.

As Jalopnik point out, the name “Sports Tourer” might not be ideal for the American market, meanwhile anything where an “X” replaces proper grammar is perfect for the Heartland.



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The next-generation Regal is expected to grow in size, thus separating it from the Verano small sedan. The Regal Tourx would follow this growth as well, considering both would be based on a future version of the Insignia and its aforementioned Sports Tourer variant.

Currently, the Regal is offered with either a 182-hp 2.4-liter inline-4, and a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 295 horsepower on tap. Elsewhere in GM’s stable is the underwhelming Chevy Trax, which uses the “x” in the name, and is offered with available all-wheel drive. The current Regal is offered with AWD as an option, so expect the Regal Tourx to have the option of power to all four wheels, and maybe even some added capabilities in its drivetrain.


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The notion of a Buick wagon may conjure up images of a wood-paneled Roadmaster, but consider that current Buicks are far more refined machines. As such, the notion of a wagon from Europe with almost 260 horsepower available has our collective interests piqued!
The Regal is slated for a redesign in 2017, but that could mean early peeks at the new look through concepts in the year to come. Keep your eyes open!