The US automaker has decided to premiere in front of the worldwide audience of the New York Auto Show the first entry in the its new Avenir luxury sub-brand – the 2018 Enclave.
The new generation of the very popular crossover gains new design cues that makes it stand out in the segment, with the Enclave Avenir being influenced by the latest concepts of the brand (the Avenir included), and now has a mesh grille and chrome wings that form the background for the brand’s tri-shield emblem. As with any premium entry, perks such as LED headlights with automatic high beams are now standard. Compared to the current model, the 2018 Enclave is now 2.4 inches (61 millimeters) longer at 204.3 inches (5.189 meters), and the wheelbase is 2-inches (51-mm) larger at 120.9 inches (3.071 meters). While the size has increased, the base model’s weight has been slimmed down to 4358 pounds (1,977 kilograms) – losing no less than 366 pounds (166 kg).
The 2018 Enclave Avenir has a 3.6-liter V6 with stop-start, upgraded for 302 hp (277 kilowatts) and 260 pound-feet (353 Newton-meters) of torque – versus 288 hp (215 kW) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) from the existing engine. There’s also a nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the current six-speed, with Buick estimating 17 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway, and 20 combined for the standard front-wheel-drive – compared to 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for the 2017 model. The optional all-wheel-drive comes with 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined, as opposed to the current AWD Enclave posting 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The cabin is spacious enough for seven people on three rows of seats, with tri-zone automatic climate control, a new 10-inch-deep underfloor storage area for an extra 3.1 cubic feet of cargo space and a long list of equipment befitting the Avenir name.