Yesterday, Buick revealed the 2018 Enclave Avenir to showcase how its sub-brand will treat consumers with concept car-inspired design cues. Today, the brand has revealed what to expect from the more pedestrian of Enclave. This is the long-awaited, 2018 Buick Enclave.
After the first-generation soldiered on for a decade, the 2018 Enclave has big shoes to fill. The original Enclave is credited with reigniting Buick’s fire and the second-generation looks ready to deliver. Gone is the bulbous exterior design from the first-generation car, instead replaced by a more rakish, yet still sleek, exterior with a lower roofline and sharper windshield. Here, Buick’s first application of Evonik Acrylite technology is also present, which allows for smooth detailing in the LEDs to reimagine Buick’s signature lighting.
Inside the 2018 Enclave, it’s a bundle of premium engineering, thoughtful design, active safety and clever cargo capacity.
23.6 cubic feet of cargo space is available behind the third row, while 10 percent more is available with the hidden underfloor storage compartment. Like the Enclave Avenir, the second and third rows fold completely flat. For ease of use, the 2018 Enclave also features available SmartSlide to allow simpler access to the third row.
Buick hasn’t skimped on the safety, either. Standard safety equipment on all 2018 Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear park assist and seven airbags, including a front center side airbag. Additional safe keeping comes in the form of active safety features such as forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, safety alert seat, following distance indicator and front park assist. There’s also GM’s Rear Seat Reminder system to help ensure precious cargo isn’t left behind, too.
And regarding the aforementioned premium engineering, Buick has ensured its QuietTuning provides impeccable hushed experiences and includes an air ionizer for each trim, save for the base model, to displace odors and provide cleaner air inside the cabin.
Base Enclaves will arrive with a host of standard features if higher trimmed models aren’t playing nice with the pocketbook; push-button start, a hands-free power programmable liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal home remote, six USB ports and more are present no matter which Enclave is being poured over.
Power still comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic, like the Avenir model, and is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds when outfitted with a dealer-installed towing package. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Buick’s twin-clutch all-wheel drive system is available, though, we’re not sure if certain trims exclude the AWD option.
The 2018 Buick Enclave will arrive in base, Essence, Premium and Avenir variants when it reaches dealerships this coming fall.