GM’s premium brand, Buick is going to launch its largest SUV as the fully redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave. This three-row SUV with seating capacity for up to eight should make the debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The new-gen model comes after a long generation lifespan of nine years and should improve model’s sales which declined 16 percent in 2016 compared to the year before.
New for 2018:
A fully redesigned Buick Enclave should arrive on the new platform and with sleeker styling. The model should also get the latest technology and safety features like the new Traverse. Engine options should include the new V-6 engine and possibly turbocharged four-cylinder unit.
2018 Buick Enclave: New Platform and Design
The new generation 2018 Buick Enclave, like the redesigned Chevy Traverse, should ride on GM’s C1XX platform. This platform is stretched version of the platform which is also found on the 2017 GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. The new platform should make the new Enclave lighter thanks to its modern, lightweight structure but Buick hasn’t revealed how much this model would be lighter or would change its proportions.
Similarly, Buick also hides details about model’s new look but the new Enclave should feature brand’s styling that was previewed on the Avenir concept model in 2015. Thanks to the new design language, the new-gen Enclave should look sleeker and more muscular. The model will adopt the new waterfall grille design with the tri-shield emblem in the middle which sits on the full-size winged strip. The model will get new LED headlights and tweaked front bumper.
On the other hand, the Enclave should also feature crisper lines and shapes. The model will also have refreshed rear end design with the new, smaller taillights and dual exhaust outlets.
Interior of the model is still a mystery but it should be similarly styled as the smaller Envision and Encore. The model will have the attractive dash with driver-focused center stack and refreshed instrument panel.
The latest infotainment system will also be available with upgraded safety equipment like in the new Traverse. More details about model’s trim options and features will be available after its debut at the New York Auto Show.
2018 Buick Enclave: Engine Options
On the performance front, the new 2018 Buick Enclave should get the same engine options as the new Traverse. The new 3.6-liter V-6 engine should replace the current V-6 which produces 288 hp and torque. As the reference, the new V-6 in the Traverse model can deliver 305 hp and torque of 260 lb-ft.
On the other hand, the new-gen Enclave could also offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as an alternative to the currently only available V-6 engine. This engine, if would be available should produce around 255 hp like the variant in the Chevy Traverse.
Engines will work in combination with the new 9-speed automatic transmission which should replace the six-speed unit. Front-wheel drive will be standard and all-wheel drive optional.
Fuel economy should improve from the current 18 mpg combined thanks to the lighter platform and new powertrains.
2018 Buick Enclave: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Buick Enclave should have its premiere at the New York Auto Show this April. The sales should start in mid of the year. The price should have the starting point from around $40, 000.