Is that a new Buick? If it's a car, probably not.
Buick accelerated its move away from traditional cars to crossovers in the past year by dropping the short-lived Cascada convertible and once-flagship LaCrosse large sedan from its U.S. lineup.
That trend may continue as the fate of the Regal Sportback and Regal TourX wagon, produced by the Opel unit that General Motors sold in 2017, is determined. Those models, which were previously expected to be freshened for the U.S. as early as next year, may be dropped from the U.S. instead.
The brand's newer crossovers are planned to be updated by the end of 2021, but Buick's best-selling Encore subcompact, which was freshened three years ago, is expected to remain unchanged for the foreseeable future. Instead, the brand's focus will be the compact Encore GX that's scheduled to go on sale early next year.
Buick, despite expectations of launching several all-electric vehicles in China in the coming years, may not get its first EV for the U.S. until at least 2022 or 2023.
Regal: The repositioning of the Opel-derived midsize sedan as a fastback and wagon in 2018 initially did well for Buick, but the future of both models in the U.S. is uncertain. GM has a purchase contract with Opel for them, though lackluster sales — down 22 percent this year through June — and a cut in production at the German plant that makes the Regal could have Buick cutting the nameplate sooner rather than later.