13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV
High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.
They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.
Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.
Buick Prepares To Enter the Station Wagon Game Yet Again
TV killed the radio star, and now, SUVs are killing the car. Want proof? Buick, yes I said Buick, is going to drop the Regal sedan altogether and replace it with a sedan-styled, five-door that’s more like an SUV or wagon than the sedan that we’ve all known for so many years. It’s not surprising, considering the sale of midsize sedans have dropped for two years in a row, while crossovers have accounted for roughly two-thirds of Buicks sales in 2016 alone. We also saw this coming after Buick showed off the Cadillac Escala concept not that long ago.
So, what kind of design is Buick actually going with? Well, don’t hold your breath for anything special because GM is all about badge-engineering these days and the 2018 Regal is going to be no exception. Need a hint? How about the name Opel? Need another hint? How about Insignia? That’s right; the next-gen Regal is likely to be nearly identical to the Opel Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and the Insignia Sports Tourer wagon that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show just this month.
There has been no comment from Buick about this development, however, rumor has it that the new Regal will be built in Opel’s Ruesselsheim factory in Germany and imported into the U.S. On the plus side, if the Buick really is going the five-door route with the Regal, it will be the brand’s first official wagon since the Buick Century and Buick Roadmaster of the 1990s. And, on another note, it could be the last produced by Opel now that the brand (and Vauxhall, for that matter) are being sold to PSA Group.
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General Motors has filed two trademark applications that suggest a wagon version of the Buick Regal might be underway. Specifically, GM filed trademarks for "Regal Tourx" and "Tourx," both under the "motor land vehicles, namely automobiles" category. According to AutoGuide, both applications were submitted on December 16th, 2015, and will be assigned to an examining attorney in approximately three months.
While "tour" is usually part of denominations assigned to wagon models — Tourer and Touring are used mostly in Europe — the "x" in the trademark could mean that Buick is also considering an all-wheel-drive version similar to the A4 Avant-based Audi Allroad. As most of you may already know, the Regal is based on the Euro-spec Opel Insignia, which is also available as the Sports Tourer wagon and high-riding Country Tourer on the Old Continent.
Given that Buick has already trademarked the "Regal Sport Touring" name earlier in 2015, both versions are likely to cross the pond to the U.S. should the brand green-light them. If so, don’t expect them to arrive Stateside until the sixth-generation Regal is introduced. In showrooms since 2009, the current Regal is in for a replacement for the 2017 model year.
Buick stopped selling station wagons nearly two decades ago, when both the eighth-generation Roadmaster and fifth-generation Century were discontinued. Although both models were redesigned for 1997, Buick dropped the wagon body styles due to poor sales. As for the Regal, only the second-generation model, built from 1978 to 1987, was offered in this configuration. The wagon was discontinued at the end of 1983.
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According to a report, Buick has filed a few intriguing trademarks recently, including the Avenir, the Regal Sport Touring, and the LaCrosse Sport Touring.
With Buick managing to survive GM’s purge back in the 2000s, it was clear that there was a future for the brand. In more recent years, the Buick brand has migrated away from the granddad’s-car image to a brand tuned more toward sub-luxury buyers. In addition to adding more luxury, it has also added a touch of youthfulness with models like the Verano and Regal Turbo, and the Cascada convertible. Because of its recent movement, seeing these new trademarks is really no surprise.
The Avenir name is the most interesting of the trademarks, as it could potentially signal the brand’s intentions to move forward with its super-luxurious 2015 Avenir Concept. A model like the Avenir would not necessarily sell well, but it would give the brand the level of prestige it needs for more buyers to consider buying a Buick instead of stretching for the Bimmer.
As for the Sport Touring models, there are a few scenarios. The most likely of these is that they are simply new trim levels that give the two models more sportiness and luxury. The other scenario requires a look across the Atlantic at the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, which is essentially a station wagon version of the Regal. This points toward the possibility that Buick could be looking to release a pair of wagons based on the two sedans here in the U.S., but that is highly unlikely.
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