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Buick Modernizes Enclave for MY18

Buick Modernizes Enclave for MY18

Around a decade after the first generation replaced the Bravada, Buick has finally graced us with an all new Enclave. Buick is hoping to match the current full-size CUV’s sales with the brand’s newest styling and technology.

The Enclave will be the first Buick in North America to offer the Avenir sub-brand, much like Denali at GMC.

The Enclave Avenir will come equipped with over 100 LED lights, ionized cabin flushing out pollutants from the air (this could come in handy in China), and 17 cameras, radar components, and sensors for safety.

One interesting feature will be a hands free lift gate can be utilized once an illuminated Buick logo shines on the ground.

Once again based on the same C1XX platform as the Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia, the new Enclave has plenty of interior room fit enough for three rows of seating. Like the previous generation, one would not know the Enclave and its sister vehicles were on the same platform. The Enclave’s styling stands out with its broad hips and Regal-like front end. There will be no mistaking this for any other vehicle though as the same overall design theme from the previous generation is still there.

The second generation Enclave will come standard with the venerable 3.6L V6 making 302 hp and 260 lb. ft. of torque and available with AWD much like the first generation.

The Enclave will be joined by the all-new Opel-built Regal, also making its auto show debut in New York.

Expect the 2018 Buick Enclave to hit dealer lots this fall. Production will continue in GM’s Lansing, Michigan Plant. If GM were smart, Buick would also start production in China as well with its ever expanding three row CUV market.





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Austin Rutherford was instilled with a passion for the automotive industry at a young age being born and raised in Michigan. Now living in South Carolina, he quickly become involved in automotive enthusiast sites in high school and began calculating sales for the entire automotive industry. He holds a degree in Biological Sciences and a degree of Master in City and Regional Planning both from Clemson University. You will find him focusing on auto sales, changes in trends, and introduction of new brands and models in emerging markets here on AV. Go Tigers!
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    germeezy1
    Buick continues it's meteoric rise. Perhaps a certain Mr.Wagoner should be applauded for his foresight?


    Probably should thank Chinese buyers for appreciating Buick. With either weak or non-existent European sales, China has essentially secured the future of higher end American brands like Buick, Lincoln, and probably even Cadillac.
    Tone
    Buicks actual flagship ... And it adheres to the traditional brand characteristics: it's big but not showy, nice but with a significant amount of value baked in. Truly a doctor's or banker's CUV.
    germeezy1
    Buick continues it's meteoric rise. Perhaps a certain Mr.Wagoner should be applauded for his foresight?
    megeebee
    Very nice. It has a good stance and a kinetic grace. I like it a lot.
    blue3231
    I'd say the original Enclave effectively replaced both the Rendezvous and the Rainier (which was a more direct replacement for the Bravada).

    This looks very classy. Also not completely sold on the roofline, but I'd reserve final judgment for an in-person inspection. But from what I can see, nice work.
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