Right now, everyone’s working themselves up into a frenzy over Buick’s announcement of the Regal TourX for the US market... but there’s another neglected bodystyle, that Buick also announced for the Regal, to the exclusion of a sedan bodystyle - the liftback.
Liftbacks give the cargo length of a wagon, with improved aerodynamics compared to wagons and vertical hatchbacks, and styling that can be identical to the sedans that Americans have historically preferred.
There’ll be a slight weight penalty, caused by the reduction in rigidity that removing the welded in parcel shelf causes, but liftbacks have far more cargo versatility than sedans. And, seeing as one of the two main reasons for American adoption of crossovers has been the improved cargo versatility, relative to sedans, liftbacks may well be how that trend can be reversed, especially when fuel prices skyrocket again.
So, here’s a list of every liftback available in the US market for model year 2017 or 2018, italics for there being no sedan variant (convertibles are OK) of the model:
A5 Sportback (I’m counting the A4 as the sedan)
A7 (A6 is the sedan)
3-Series Gran Turismo (not sure which model to count as the sedan, as it’s based on the Chinese-market LWB 3-series, but it’s nearly the same wheelbase as the 5-series)
4-Series Gran Coupe (I’m counting the 3-series as the sedan)
5-Series Gran Turismo (I’m counting the SWB 7-series, not the 5-series, as the sedan. This one’s got a dual-mode trunk lid, though, too - I think the only application of it in the US.)
X4 (I mean, the “normal” version is the X3, which isn’t a sedan...)
X6 (same deal, just based on the X5)
Civic Hatchback (this one’s borderline though - there’s also a sedan, and it’s longer)
Veloster (definitely a liftback, but a very strange shape for one)
570GT (this is an extremely oddball one, but I guess it counts... and I’m counting the 570S that it’s based on as not a sedan, as it doesn’t have any rear cargo area)
I’ll note that I’ve left the Acura NSX and Lotus Evora off - while they do have cargo areas exposed by lifting the rear glass, the cargo area is a trunk section, and the reason for the lifting rear glass is for engine access.
If I’ve missed anything, please reply. If you dispute an inclusion to the list, well, please reply. If you just want to shitpost... fuck it, reply.