Jacked up, cladded, and ready for active service in America, what you see above is Opel’s next contribution to General Motors’ bottom line — the Insignia Country Tourer. You’ll know it soon as the 2018 Buick Regal TourX.
The new longroof Regal was caught by our European spy shooter undergoing a final shakedown before its expected North American debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show this April after its global reveal in Geneva.
Based on the Insignia Sports Tourer, the Country Tourer receives a slight lift and plastic cladding along its lower edges to match American and European buyers’ newfound sensibilities for wagons that kinda’, sorta’, maybe look like crossovers.
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When the Insignia Country Tourer arrives in North America with a Buick badge on the grille and Regal TourX nameplate on the trunk, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will likely power all four wheels as standard. Rumors suggest the Regal may also get V6 power in the near future, with Buick considering a diesel in the years ahead.
If this is the compromise offered by automakers between crossovers and wagons for us D-pillar enthusiasts, we’ll take it.