It has been nine years since the Buick Enclave arrived on the scene. Much like various other Buick product, it was certainly a “right place, right time” vehicle as consumers began to fall in love with the idea of a tall station wagon with SUV-like characteristics. That would become known as a crossover.
The Buick Enclave soldiers on to this day with only a modest refresh under its belt, but the time is fast approaching for a new generation of Enclave. Autoblog has spied the 2018 Buick Enclave testing in Death Valley with plenty of camouflage obscuring style lines.
However, it’s fairly easy to tell this is indeed a Buick from the blacked-out waterfall grille and circular badge up front. The profile of this test mule already looks immensely less bloated than the current-generation Enclave. It’s a safe bet we’ll see a more rakish profile in an effort to continue fooling Americans into thinking CUVs are relatives of true, body-on-frame SUVs.
The 2018 Buick Enclave will ride on a long-wheelbase version of the C1XX platform, leaving the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5 on the regular wheelbase variant of the architecture. Thanks to this platform, we expect the 2018 Enclave to shed around 300 pounds, in keeping with GM’s initiative to shed weight wherever it sees possible.
Expect pricing and premium appointments to climb as the 2017 Buick Envision creates a newfound product bridge between Enclave and Encore.