Refreshing or Revolting: 2018 Buick Regal Sportback
Buick has ditched the sedan in favor of a hatchback with the arrival of the 2018 Buick Regal, but this one hides its liftgate with its three-box exterior design. This means that the 2018 Regal Sportback looks like a midsize sedan but with a lift gate that will carry up to 60.7 cubic feet of gear when you fold the three-section split-folding rear seats down. Here’s a quick look at the differences between the outgoing Regal sedan and the new Regal Sportback.
The front fascia of the 2018 Regal Sportback features thinner headlights and a waterfall grille that’s slightly smaller and doesn’t have as much chrome in it. Buick’s revised tri-shield grille is featured prominently on the new Regal and is now colored instead of monochrome, just like in the 2017 LaCrosse and the 2017 Encore.
From the side, the 2018 Regal Sportback differentiates itself from the previous Regal sedan with its shorter rear decklid, another hint that the new car has a liftgate instead of a conventional trunk. The new model gets a low, coupe-like roofline that helps visually extend it–not that it needs the help, as it is longer in overall length and wheelbase than the outgoing model. Out back, the short rear deck lid makes the 2018 Regal Sportback appear less bulbous compared to the Regal sedan it will replace. It also features more conventional taillights that makes it appear more youthful compared to the old car’s C-shaped clusters that were connected by a wide chrome strip.
Inside, the 2018 Regal Sportback has a more restrained cabin design with a cleaner dash featuring a large touchscreen for its IntelliLink infotainment system as its center piece. Unlike the outgoing Regal sedan, the 2018 Regal Sportback’s center stack isn’t littered with buttons. However, the gauge cluster has a similar layout in both models, with a small display positioned in between the two main gauges.
Does the 2018 Regal Sportback move the needle in terms of style? Sound off in the comments below.
Last week’s Refreshing or Revolting focused on the 2018 McLaren 720S, and the comments were mixed.
“Refreshing. It’s distinctively McLaren. It grabs your attention without screaming ‘LOOK AT ME!!!’” said ozzman994.“It’s very nice other than the headlights,” said Wyatt Black.“Very refreshing in the way that McLaren has found an alternate solution to big scoops. I also like the profile; it’s very F1-like. The eye-sockets are a bit inelegant, though. Overall it has more presence and looks more aggressive than the 650S,” said British_Boy_0074
“Not great but not terrible either. The front and back ends look good at the right angles, but I’m not a fan of the overall side profile,” said Sully99.