The three-row Buick Enclave has been the winning formula for the TriShield brand since model’s introduction. However, this luxury vehicle brand introduced the second generation of this successful crossover SUV for the 2018 model year at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The next-generation Enclave evolves things to the new level with the new platform, better aerodynamics, sleeker exterior, improved interior space and refinement but the model will also be a better performer thanks to the powertrain revision.
However, what also makes this new model special is a new top-of-the-line Avenir trim which debuts on this Buick’s model. The new 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir trim can be considered as the analogy for the GMC’s Denali trim but the things would be clearer when you see what this premium version gets.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: Design specifics
Before we said more details about the Avenir trim, it is important to know that new-generation Enclave migrated from the old Lambda platform to GM’s C1XX architecture designed for mid- to full-size SUV models. Benefits come in the lighter structure and modular platform design which improves its flexibility and performance. The C1XX platform used for the new Enclave rides on the 120.9- inch wheelbase while the model has 204.3 inches in length. The width is 78.8 inches and height 69.9 inches.
Stylingwise, the new Enclave features more aerodynamic and sleeker design. With lower roofline, more raked windshield and stretched wheelbase the brand promises better aerodynamics of the next-generation Enclave.
However, the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir gets exclusive exterior treatment with unique styling elements. This Buick version adopts Evonik Acrylite technology for the headlights which provides better illumination. These new lighting units include more than 100 LEDs and feature unique styling. The grille is also unique on the Avenir version with the three-dimensional mesh and winged strip. What is also the Avenir trim specific are the six-spoke pearl nickel 20-inch wheels.
How it looks inside and what equipment it offers?
All Enclave models feature more refined interiors. With an improved aerodynamics, additional sound-deadening materials and active noise enhancements, this model features quieter cabin. The stretched wheelbase means 10 percent improved interior space. Behind the rearmost seats, the model offers 23.6 cubic feet of room and models also includes a 3.1 cu ft underfloor storage.
In all Enclave SUVs, you will also find an 8-inch screen-based infotainment system with the support for the Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Also, expect 4G LTE WiFi. Other standard safety features will include park assist and rearview camera. The safety options will be adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot system, rear cross traffic, pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, surround view cameras, etc. All model will also have tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-start button.
The Avenir trim will upgrade to that with the heated and ventilated front seats. The second row will also get the heating feature. The Avenir will also include exclusive stitching and seat piping. The unique accents will also be seen on the front seat headrests and wood-trimmed center console. The specific door sills and floor mats will further distinguish the Avenir trim.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: Performance
Under the hood, the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is the one among the equals. All Enclave models will power a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The power it provides is 302 hp and torque 260 lb-ft. The Buick combines this engine with the 9-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive optional. The latter features dual-clutch rear differential which improves the torque distribution between the front and rear axles and rear wheels for the better handling and traction.
The engine features fuel-saving stop-start technology and all Enclaves should return 17 mpg city and 25 mpg on the freeway. The towing limit is 5, 000 pounds.
Underpinning the Enclave is the five-link independent rear setup and front MaCPherson struts. The Avenir trim adds adaptive dampers.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir: Arrival, Price
The sales of the new-generation Enclave should start this fall. The base models will go at for about $40, 000. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir should be close to $50k.