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.