The three-row Buick Enclave has been the winning method for the TriShield brand since model’s introduction. Nevertheless, that luxury vehicle brand introduced the second generation of this successful crossover SUV for the 2018 model year at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The next-generation Enclave evolves things to the new stage with the new platform, better aerodynamics, slimmer outdoor, improved interior space and refinement but the model may also be a better performer thanks to the powertrain revision.
Nevertheless, what also makes that new model special is a new top-of-the-line Avenir trim which debuts with this Buick’s model. The new 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir trim may be considered as the analogy for the GMC’s Denali trim but the things would be sharper when you see what that advanced edition gets.
2018 BUICK ENCLAVE AVENIR: DESIGN SPECIFICS
Before we said more information about the Avenir trim, it is important to learn that new-generation Enclave moved from the old Lambda platform to GM’s C1XX architecture created for mid- to full-size SUV models. Benefits come in the lighter structure and modular platform design which increases its mobility and performance. The C1XX platform used for the new Enclave rides on the 120.9- inch wheelbase while the model has 204.3 inches in length. The width is 78.8 inches and height 69.9 inches.
Stylingwise, the new Enclave features more aerodynamic and slimmer design. With decrease roofline, more raked window and extended wheelbase the brand promises better aerodynamics of the next-generation Enclave.
Nevertheless, the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir gets unique outdoor therapy with distinctive styling elements. That Buick edition adopts Evonik Acrylite technology for the headlights which gives better illumination. These new light products include more than 100 LEDs and feature unique styling. The grille is also distinctive on the Avenir edition with the three-dimensional mesh and winged strip. What is also the Avenir trim specific are the six-spoke gem nickel 20-inch wheels.
HOW IT LOOKS INSIDE AND WHAT EQUIPMENT IT OFFERS?
All Enclave models feature more refined interiors. Having an increased aerodynamics, extra sound-deadening products and effective noise innovations, this model features calmer cabin. The stretched wheelbase means 10 percent improved interior space. Behind the rearmost chairs, the model offers 23.6 cubic feet of room and models also includes a 3.1 cu ft underfloor storage.
In all Enclave SUVs, you will also discover an 8-inch screen-based infotainment system with the support for the Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Also, expect 4G LTE WiFi. Other common protection features can contain park aid and rearview camera. The safety possibilities is going to be adaptive cruise get a grip on, lane departure warning, blind-spot system, rear cross traffic, pedestrian detection and computerized emergency braking, surround view cameras, etc. All model will also have tri-zone climate get a grip on, keyless entry, push-start button.
The Avenir trim can upgrade compared to that with the heated and ventilated front seats. The second row may also get the heating feature. The Avenir may also contain unique sewing and chair piping. The unique decorations will also be seen on the front chair headrests and wood-trimmed center console. The specific door sills and floor rugs can further distinguish the Avenir trim.
2018 BUICK ENCLAVE AVENIR: PERFORMANCE
Under the hood, the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is the one among the equals. All Enclave models will power a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The power it provides is 302 hp and torque 260 lb-ft. The Buick includes this engine with the 9-speed computerized transmission. The front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel get optional. The latter features dual-clutch rear differential which improves the torque distribution between the front and rear axles and rear wheels for the better handling and traction.
The engine features fuel-saving stop-start technology and all Enclaves should return 17 mpg city and 25 mpg on the freeway. The towing limit is 5, 000 pounds.
Underpinning the Enclave is the five-link independent rear setup and front MaCPherson struts. The Avenir trim gives adaptive dampers.
2018 BUICK ENCLAVE AVENIR: ARRIVAL, PRICE
The sales of the new-generation Enclave should start that fall. The base models will go at for about $40, 000. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir must be close to $50k.