Buick recently launched its first Avenir model with the second-generation, 2018 Buick Enclave, but the Avenir brand will soon make its way to additional cars. Although Buick said not every vehicle will gain an Avenir trim, the Buick LaCrosse is on deck for a 2018 debut.
AutoGuide reports the LaCrosse Avenir showed up in General Motors’ 2018 Vehicle Identification Number Decoder. The automaker recently updated the decoder and submitted the information to the NHTSA, and that’s where the LaCrosse Avenir showed up. Per the decoder, the LaCrosse Avenir will arrive in both front- and all-wheel drive, and we’d bet the only powertrain offering is the 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic. For 2018, Buick made the 2.5-liter eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain standard, and the V6 an option.
Like the Enclave Avenir, expect show-car design elements such as the three-dimension grille, specific Avenir wheels, chrome wings flanking the Buick badge up front, and more premium trimmings inside.
Although pricing is far from official, the Buick Enclave Avenir commands a $5,400 premium over the second-highest trim level. With that in mind, prices for the 2018 LaCrosse Avenir will likely clip over $45,000.
Sagging demand plagues the Buick LaCrosse in a market hungry for crossovers and utility vehicles. GM will reportedly shut down the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant where the LaCrosse is built, among other passenger cars, for six weeks in November. In the process, the automaker will likely lay off 200 workers. Days’ supply of LaCrosse sedans hovers near 300 days.