The bulbous, round profile is out, and a more rakish, muscular profile is in for the 2018 Buick Enclave. Amateur spy shots have uncloaked much of what we can expect from the 2018 Enclave ahead of its debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.
The spy shots show a front end that seems to take plenty of influence from both the Avista and Avenir concept vehicles with sleek headlamps, a darkened waterfall grille and two chrome wings flanking the tri-shield badge. At the rear, the taillamps also take an edgier, winged look over the round units in place on today’s Enclave.
The overall profile is a major shift, as stated, from the current crossover, too. With a more squared off rear end and upright pillars, it’s more SUV than minivan this time around.
The 2018 Enclave will share identical architecture with the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, that is, the C1XX platform. Both the Chevrolet and Buick ride on long-wheelbase variants, while the C1XX-based GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 use a shorter wheelbase of the platform. Judging from what we’ve seen with the 2018 Traverse, turbocharged four-cylinder engines and a V6 option are certainly likely to be present.
We also have a hankering we’ll see Buick’s Avenir sub-brand make its debut with the 2018 Enclave to push the brand’s largest offering more upmarket.
Spy shots: Automotive News