Buick introduces the 2018 Enclave at the New York Auto Show as the brand’s first vehicle in its new Avenir luxury sub-brand. The latest generation of this popular crossover gains sharper styling that makes the crossover look quite sleek.
The Enclave Avenir takes cues from recent Buick concepts (like the Avenir) by pairing a mesh grille and chrome wings that support the brand’s tri-shield emblem. LED headlights with automatic high beams are standard.
Compared to the current generation, the 2018 Enclave grows by 2.4 inches (61 millimeters) to 204.3 inches (5.189 meters), and the wheelbase is 2-inches (51-mm) longer at 120.9 inches (3.071 meters). Despite the increase in size, the curb weight for a base model falls to 4358 pounds (1,977 kilograms) – a 366-pound (166 kg) diet.
A 3.6-liter V6 with stop-start powers the 2018 Enclave Avenir, and the latest tune of the engine produces 302 hp (277 kilowatts) and 260 pound-feet (353 Newton-meters) of torque – versus 288 hp (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) from the existing engine with the same displacement. A nine-speed automatic gearbox replaces the current six-speed. Buick estimates the updated powertrain returns 17 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 combined for the standard front-wheel-drive trim, as opposed to 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for the 2017 model. The optional all-wheel-drive system reduces the figures slightly to 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined, whereas the existing AWD Enclave has a rating of 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
Inside, there’s room for seven passengers on three rows of seats. Occupants in the front enjoy heated and ventilated front chairs. The second row has heating, too. Tri-zone automatic climate control should also help keep everyone comfy. A new 10-inch-deep underfloor storage area offers an extra 3.1 cubic feet of cargo space if there’s something buyers need to keep out of the way.
As the range-topper, the Enclave Avenir’s cabin comes with a long list of luxurious standard equipment. A rear camera display in the mirror and 360-degree surround vision camera system offer plenty of visibility during tight maneuvering. A hands-free power hatchback includes a light in the tri-shield that illuminates the ground.
Optional safety equipment should make families feel more secure. Buyers can order adaptive cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, and lane-keep assist.
The 2018 Enclave will be on sale in the United States this fall. Buick will announce pricing later. The base price of the current top-spec trim goes for $48,550 after $925 destination.
UPDATE: Don't worry, there's also a non-Avenir version of the Enclave. It's mechanically identical, but check out the official images, here.
Live photos: Steven Ewing / Motor1.com
Gallery: 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir
First-Ever Enclave Avenir Offers Progressive,
Enclave ushers in the arrival of Buick’s new luxury sub-brand
NEW YORK — Debuting with the 2018 Buick Enclave, the new Avenir sub-brand represents the highest expression of Buick luxury. Avenir offers unique styling cues and an extensive set of standard features and premium materials throughout the vehicle. New and versatile functionality, interior spaciousness, and intuitive technologies build on the Enclave’s established popularity.
Smart innovation and style come standard on the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir. Buick-first Evonik Acrylite exterior lighting illuminates the road ahead with the power of more than 100 LEDs across the vehicle. A Rear Camera Mirror provides a clearer, broader view of what’s behind. And in-vehicle ionization leaves the air cleaner and fresher. It’s all packaged within an elegant design that combines concept car inspiration with improved interior luxury amenities and roominess for up to seven passengers.
“The Enclave has been a successful formula for the Buick brand, with sales results that have defied traditional product cycles, and 90 percent of customers purchasing in the top two trim levels,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “It’s a beacon for the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.”
Enclave Avenir highlights
· Avenir model comes standard with extensive active safety, connectivity and luxury features for a simple and convenient buying experience.
· It has an all-new body structure for safety, strength and mass efficiency, plus 17 radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors when fully equipped.
· It accommodates seven passengers comfortably and offers more cargo volume behind the first row than the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60.
· Standard hands-free power-programmable liftgate with a Buick tri-shield logo illuminates the ground below the hidden sensor and power-folding third row.
· Avenir-exclusive 3-dimensional mesh grille, badging, pearl nickel 20-inch aluminum wheels and luxurious interior materials are standard.
· Buick-first Rear Camera Mirror is standard on Avenir.
· Buick-first Evonik Acrylite lighting technology provides a distinctive light signature.
· Tow capacity of up to 5,000 pounds is more than enough to tow a typical 21-foot sport boat.
· A standard 3.6L V-6 engine with stop/start technology, Buick-estimated 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
· Standard five-link rear suspension and available continuously variable real-time damping (CDC) offer a refined, isolated ride.
· Available intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch rear differential and Buick-first switchable AWD help improve control and efficiency.
Avenir: Buick’s highest expression of exclusive style, inclusive luxury
All Avenir models will feature an exclusive 3-dimensional mesh grille paired with chrome wings inspired by Buick concept cars. Additional Enclave Avenir notable styling cues include 20-inch, six-spoke wheels with a pearl nickel finish; five premium exterior colors; an Avenir Chestnut and Ebony interior with piping on the seats and contrasting stitching; embroidered first-row headrests; Avenir floor-mats; a wood-accented steering wheel; and bold Avenir-scripted sill plates on all four doors.
A wide array of advanced technologies and interior features emphasizing premium comfort and inclusive luxury comes standard in the Enclave Avenir, including heated and ventilated front seats; heated second-row seats; navigation; wireless charging; a dual moonroof; an 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable cluster display; a 360-degree surround vision camera system for easier parking; and a rear camera mirror that can function as a traditional mirror or as a camera, eliminating obstructions such as heads and headrests while expanding the rear field of vision by an estimated 300 percent.
Available adaptive cruise control and full speed Forward Automatic Braking offer customers even more safety feature options, and a premium suspension with continuously variable real-time damping (CDC) provides a smooth, comfortable ride, with enhanced body control and handling in Sport mode.
“This is a vehicle intended for Buick customers who demand the best and the latest our brand has to offer,” said Aldred.
Elegant design and functionality define the all-new Buick Enclave
The Enclave’s new design architecture enables a balanced, athletic appearance. New proportions give it a sleeker look with aerodynamic benefits for efficiency. The roofline is lower, the windshield is sharper and the wheelbase is extended, giving the vehicle a more dramatic stance. Its sculpted body creates a windswept appearance. Its interior is inviting and harmonious.
Extensive use of LEDs is integrated into Buick’s first application of Evonik Acrylite technology and bi-functional LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps. The technology’s compound curvature application creates a smooth, uniform and recognizable appearance that will make the Enclave stand out on the road. IntelliBeam headlamps also allow drivers to experience better road illumination and improved visibility without having to manually switch the high beams on and off.
A significantly enhanced suite of available advanced safety technologies is engineered to help drivers monitor their surroundings and feel confident when behind the wheel. Standard safety equipment on all 2018 Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear park assist and seven air bags, including a front center side airbag. Among the available crash-avoidance technologies are rear cross traffic alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, safety alert seat and surround vision.
Having leveraged the first-generation Enclave as a benchmark for quietness, the 2018 Enclave cabin is engineered to further minimize unwanted interior noise through its honed exterior shapes, sealing and sound-deadening acoustics and strategic use of materials throughout. QuietTuning and active noise cancellation enhancements help to reduce, block and absorb noise, keeping it from entering the cabin. A 10-speaker Bose Premium sound system with new components, new tuning and a redesigned bass enclosure further enhances the sound experience.
Another lifestyle-enhancing feature in the Enclave interior is an air ionizer that eliminates odors and provides higher air quality. It works by producing negatively charged particles that attract air-borne contaminants and break down their structure, cleaning the cabin air. The ionizer can help address external and internal odors and reduce bacteria, viruses, dust, debris and pollen, while also helping improve driver alertness. It requires no maintenance or filter replacement.
Enclave’s interior has flexible cargo solutions for large and small items. The vehicle has 10 percent more cubic feet of overall interior space when including the hidden underfloor storage, and 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Other space enhancements include a 10-inch-deep dry underfloor storage with 3.1 cubic feet of space.
Second- and third-row seating fold flat to create a wide, nearly-flat load floor. A power-folding third row makes reconfiguring more convenient, while second-row SmartSlide Seats provide easy access to the third row. On the passenger side, the SmartSlide seat provides pitch slide functionality to allow access even with an empty forward-facing child seat installed (using the LATCH system).
Additional standard equipment on every 2018 Enclave includes keyless entry and push-button start, a hands-free power-programmable liftgate with a Buick tri-shield logo illuminating the ground below the hidden sensor, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal home remote and more.
Every Enclave also comes equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (AT&T data plan purchase required after limited data trial period) and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan at no additional cost. Among other benefits like an industry-leading myBuick app, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.
A frameless 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard. Every Enclave features Rear Seat Reminder2, an industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances.
The Enclave will continue to be manufactured in Lansing, Michigan, and goes on sale in the fall of 2017. Pricing and other details will be announced later this year.
Buick is positioned to carry its momentum through 2017 and beyond. By the end of the decade, the brand will launch at least a dozen new or updated models globally, not including models from the Avenir luxury sub-brand. The 2018 Enclave is the seventh new Buick model introduced in less than two years.
Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, on Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/buick
2018 Enclave Avenir Specifications
Buick Enclave Avenir
Body style / driveline:
midsize SUV / front-engine; front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive
EPA vehicle class:
sport utility vehicle
Lansing Delta Township
Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln MKX
3.6L V6 with stop/start technology
(cu in / cc):
223 / 3649
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6
Cylinder head material:
DOHC, four valves per cylinder with VVT
direct fuel injection
(hp / kW @ rpm):
302 / 227 @ 6800 (est.)
(lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
260 / 353 @ 2800 (est.)
Buick-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy / comb):
17 / 25 / 20 (FWD)
17 / 24 / 19 (AWD)
Buick-estimated 0-60 mph (seconds)
Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission with dual-shell resonator and dual rear-stamped mufflers
5,000 (with factory-installed towing package)
available AWD with active twin clutch
available premium suspension with continuously variable real-time damping (CDC)
electric variable power-assist steering (EPS) with Active Return Assist
Turning circle (ft / m):
39 / 11.9
four-wheel-disc, variable brake system with power assist; Duralife brake rotors and four-channel ABS
Wheel size and type:
20-in. cast aluminum with Pearl Nickel finish
Wheelbase (in / mm):
120.9 / 3071
Overall length (in / mm):
204.3 / 5189
Overall width (in / mm):
78.8 / 2001.5
Overall height (in / mm):
69.9 / 1775
Track (in / mm):
67.3 / 1709 (front)
67 / 1702 (rear)
Curb weight (lb / kg):
4358 / 1977 (base)
Fuel tank (gal):
up to seven passengers
Headroom (in / mm):
front: 41 / 1041.4 (without moonroof)
2nd row: 39.9 / 1013.5 (without moonroof)
3rd row: 37.6 / 955
Legroom (in / mm):
front: 41.2 / 1046.5
2nd row: 38.9 / 988.1
3rd row: 33.7 / 856
Shoulder room (in / mm):
front: 62.4 / 1581
2nd row: 61.7 / 1566
3rd row: 57.3 / 1455
Hip room (in / mm):
front: 59.1 / 1500
2nd row: 57.7 / 1465
3rd row: 48.5 / 1233
Cargo volume* (cu. ft. / L):
97.6 / 2764.5 (behind first row)
58 / 1642.9 (behind second row)
23.6 / 668.2 (behind third row)
3.1 / 88.6 (underfloor storage bin)
*Measurements calculated according to new SAE standard. Cargo space behind the first row has increased overall by seven cubic feet from the first generation Enclave.
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication. Please visit http://media.buick.com for updates.
 OnStar Basic Plan is available for five years from the delivery date of eligible 2015 model year and newer vehicles and is transferable. Basic Plan does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services; these and other services require a paid plan. Visit OnStar.com for details.
 Does not detect people or items. Always check rear seat before exiting.