After revealing the Chinese-market Buick Enclave crossover at the end of October, General Motors is now showing off the ritzier Buick Enclave Avenir. In addition to releasing the first official images, the automaker announced that the range-topping Avenir will make its debut on November 20th during a special event in China.
As we previously reported, this new “midsize-plus” Buick Enclave is the nameplate’s second body style, as it’s shorter than the full-size, North American version. For now, it’s unclear whether this Enclave, which rides on the regular-wheelbase, wide-track and long-rear overhang version of the GM C1 platform, will end up being sold on our continent or reserved for select markets like China.
Following the brand’s usual strategy, the Buick Enclave Avenir retains the regular Enclave’s overall design, but adds exclusive styling touches for a more upscale and refined look. As such, the Avenir features a diamond-pattern grille, a Wine Merlot paint job and specific 21-inch alloy wheels. In addition, it wears Avenir logos on the front doors and also displays it on the ground at the rear of vehicle, indicating where to swing our foot to activate the hands-free power tailgate.
The Buick Enclave Avenir receives an exclusive Ivory White interior, with diamond-quilted leather to accentuate its more luxurious accommodations. As with most premium SUVs, the Avenir boasts second-row captain’s chairs for six-passenger seating, while the regular Enclave gets a three-passenger bench seat in the middle row.
As for available features, the Buick Enclave Avenir is equipped with heated, ventilated and massaging seats in the first two rows, along with with six-way adjustable headrests and second-row four-way adjustable armrests. A 14-speaker, Bose Centerpoint sound system, the GM Rear Camera Mirror and the latest generation of Buick’s infotainment system are also thrown in for good measure.
Mechanically, the Chinese-market Avenir is motivated by the same powertrain found in the regular Buick Enclave, namely the turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine that develops 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain also includes the GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Buick Enclave Avenir is expected to go on sale in China shortly after its official launch on November 20th. The vehicle will become Buick’s flagship SUV for the Chinese market, joining the GL8 Avenir multipurpose vehicle and the LaCrosse Avenir sedan as representatives of Buick’s upscale sub-brand in the country.