2018 Buick Enclave

At the New York Auto Show, Buick unveiled the highly
anticipated 2018 Buick Enclave. That was not all, alongside the
standard Buick Enclave was another model that looked like the
Enclave but with a slightly better styling.  The model in
question is the new 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir. Avenir is the
automaker’s new luxury sub-brand. The Enclave becomes the first
Buick model to get an Avenir treatment. The sub-brand is
targeted to those buyers who would like to buy more luxurious
Buick models. The sub-brand will extend to other Buick models
in future. Compared to the standard Enclave models, the Enclave
Avenir makes most of the optional features standard along with
offering superior materials. Overall, the Buick Enclave is a
very popular SUV and the addition of the Avenir trim will make
it even more popular. I hear that the model was taken through a
slimming formula that saw it lose 400 lbs.

2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave Exterior

The new Enclave exterior looks better than that of the outgoing
model, which was also good looking. Gone is the wide-eyed look
at the front. It has been replaced with a traditional-looking
grille and stunning headlights. The entire exterior body has a
sculpted look that tapers off at the rear to make up a smooth
look.  The base models ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels
while top trims feature 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The Enclave Avenir adds an “Evonik Acrylute” exterior lighting
package that features 100 LEDs.  The model also features a
3D mesh grille, rear camera and a number of Avenir badges. The
model rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels finished in pearl
nickel. At the rear, the model has a hands-free liftgate whose
sensor is illuminated by the automaker’s tri-shield logo.

2018 Buick Enclave Interior

The 2018 Enclave is offered in four trims including the new
Avenir trim that will in future become a separate sub-brand.
Other trims are, Base, Essence, Premium and the top Premium
trim

The cabin of the 2018 Enclave is very serene due to a use of
active noise cancellation and QuietTuning engineering. The
model has premium materials. The leather is the standard
upholstery material. Second-row passengers benefit from captain
chairs and separate climate controls.

Tech-wise, the 2018 Enclave comes with an 8.0-inch frameless
infotainment screen that supports both Android Auto and Apple
CarPlay Smartphone integration. A Rear Camera Mirror displays
the rear view on a screen fitted in the place of the
traditional rearview mirror. Every Enclave features a 4G LTE
Wi-Fi hotspot. There is an option for GM’s opt-in service. This
service analyzes a driver’s driving style and suggests ways to
improve.

All models are also fitted with an ionization feature that
improves the air in the cabin

On the Avenir, the seats are well arranged to ensure ease of
access. The rear seats have a power-folding capability that
comes in handy in case more cargo space is required. The model
also adds an array of features as standard. To start with, the
Enclave Avenir features an in-vehicle air ionization system
that makes the air in the cabin fresh and cleaner. Other
features include a Chestnut and Ebony trim with contrast
stitching and piping. The front-row headrests, sill plates and
doormats have the Avenir badging to set the model apart from
standard Enclaves. While all models have heated and cooled
front seats, the Avenir adds heating to second-row seats as
standard. The same is available on the standard Enclave as an
option.

Buick offers several active technologies for the SUV including
automatic emergency braking, rear parking assist,
forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep
assist, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The
model also comes with a Rear Seat Reminder to make sure you
don’t leave your young ones sleeping on the back seat.

Although it is a mid-size SUV, its cargo capacity can put some
of the full-size models to shame. With all seats up, it has a
cargo space of 23.6 cubic feet. Lowering the third row expands
cargo capacity to 58 cubic feet that can further expand to 97.6
cubic feet upon folding the second and third-row seats.

Engine and performance

A single engine power the Buick Enclave. The unit given
this task is a 3.6 L, V-6 mill that pumps out 302 hp and 260
lb-ft of torque. The engine combines with a 9-speed automatic
gearbox. The model is available with either the intelligent AWD
system that features active twin-clutch for the rear
differential or an FWD system. FWD models need 7.2 seconds to
accelerate from 0-60 mph. The model is also equipped with a
stop/start technology to help save on gas.

The Enclave is EPA rated at 17 mpg, 20 mpg and 25 mpg on city,
highway and on combined drives respectively for models equipped
with FWD. Models with the AWD system are rated at 17 mpg in
city drives, 24 mpg and on highway drives.

Buick also added a MacPherson strut at the front and 5-link
rear suspensions that are tuned to offer a quiet and isolated
ride without compromising control.

When the model is well equipped, it can tow as much as 5,000
lbs.

Price and release date

Pricing details will be announced closer to its release later
this fall.

 

Competition

The upgrades including the addition of the Avenir trim will
help the Enclave improve its competitiveness against formidable
rivals such as the BMW X5, Lexus RX, Volvo
XC90, Porsche
Cayenne, Acura MDX
and
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.