Don't let your eyes fool you. If you're used to seeing the current Buick Enclave, a midsize crossover that has been on the road since 2007, the new 2018 model might look smaller. It's not. The new Enclave is actually longer and has more space between the front and rear wheels than the original, yet the overall weight of the new Enclave is down. Buick says the result is a midsize crossover that's more spacious on the inside yet more fuel-efficient on the road, two traits that should serve it well in a hotly contested segment.
2018 Buick Enclave Avenir First Look
Redesigned With an Added Punch of Luxury
The Avenir name is something new entirely. It's a new sub-brand that Buick is introducing on the Enclave that adds another layer of luxury onto the standard model. It will sit above the Premium model that was previously the most feature-rich trim level offered on the Enclave. Standard features on the Enclave Avenir include a unique mesh grille, 20-inch wheels and exclusive interior colors and materials. The individual features aren't striking on their own, but taken together they do make this Enclave look a step above anything offered on its predecessor.
Apart from the Avenir upgrades, the Enclave follows much the same formula as the previous model. It's a spacious three-row crossover with a standard V6 and a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine delivers 302 horsepower to either the front wheels or all four wheels on all-wheel-drive models. Towing capacity is up to 5,000 pounds and we expect overall mileage to improve slightly.
Like most GM models, the new Enclave features a standard 4G modem so there's Wi-Fi for everybody onboard. An 8-inch center display screen is standard, and it supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available electronic safety features include a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic assist and lane departure warning and assist. And if you're picky about air quality, the Enclave even features an onboard ionizer to filter the air inside the cabin.
No pricing has been announced yet, but expect a starting price near $40,000 with the Avenir models pushing $50K. Sales of the 2018 Buick Enclave are expected to start this fall.