Wagons aren’t typically a big deal in the United States. General Motors offers the Opel Insignia in Europe, where it’s hailed as a sleek and modern offering in the segment, but the Insignia is only available in the U.S. in the form of its sedan variant, rebadged as the Buick Regal. However, at the recent annual Buick-GMC dealer meeting, General Motors confirmed that the next-generation Buick Regal could come in the form of a rebadged Opel Insignia Sports Tourer wagon.
At the meeting, held in Austin, Texas, dealers and correspondents were shown the upcoming 2018 Enclave, 2018 Regal, and Regal GS in addition to the wagon variant. Industry experts expect the Regal wagon will receive all-wheel drive, though powertrain information was not given at the meeting. GM Authority also discovered some time ago that General Motors filed a trademark for the name “Buick Regal TourX,” which may or may not become the name of the U.S. wagon variant.
It is speculated that the 2018 Buick Regal, along with its wagon version, will make its onstage debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which is still a few months away. The vehicle itself is expected to launch sometime mid-2017 due to its 2018 model year.
In a market that’s increasingly saturated by crossovers and SUVs, making the next-generation Buick Regal a wagon seems to be a risky move. However, General Motors could be strategically filling empty spaces on the market in order to appeal to niche crowds, as well as consumers with more mainstream tastes. More information will likely be available as the 2018 Regal wagon is revealed to the public.