Buick has redesigned its seven-passenger Enclave SUV for 2018 to make it more upscale. It has new proportions which give it a sleeker look, more third-row space, improved towing capability, an enhanced suite of available advanced safety technologies and more. But if you’re looking to get the most out of the Enclave, then you may just want to opt for the new top-of-the-line Avenir trim. The Enclave is the first Buick model to receive the trim. Buick says it makes perfect sense for the Enclave to usher in the arrival of its new luxury Avenir sub-brand.
“The Enclave has been a successful formula for the Buick brand, with sales results that have defied traditional product cycles, and 90 percent of customers purchasing in the top two trim levels,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “It’s a beacon for the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.”
Many of the features that are optional on the other Enclave trims come standard on the Avenir. It also comes with some pretty cool exclusive content.
The 2018 Enclave now has a more athletic appearance thanks to its new design architecture. The vehicle’s new proportions give it a sleeker look and make it more aerodynamic. It has a lower roofline, a sharper windshield and a longer wheelbase.
“Every detail of the all-new Enclave is designed to feel premium, well-crafted and integrated,” said Helen Emsley, executive director of Global Buick and GMC Design. “Customers in feedback clinics have described it as having a ‘sleek’ appearance, which isn’t typically a word associated with three-row SUVs.”
The vehicle’s lighting system contributes to its sleek appearance. Buick-first Evonik Acrylite exterior lighting illuminates the road ahead with the power of more than 100 LEDs across the vehicle.
The Enclave Avenir, meanwhile, stands out with an exclusive 3-dimensional mesh grille paired with chrome wings that Buick says was inspired by its concept vehicles. It’s important to note that every Avenir-branded model will get the new grille, making it a signature feature of Buick’s new sub-brand. Another feature that sets the Avenir apart from the rest of the Enclave trims, are its pearl nickel 20-inch, six-spoke wheels. The top level trim also comes in five premium exterior colors.
Thanks to the 2018 Enclave’s longer wheelbase, the vehicle’s interior is more spacious. Buick says the third row alone offers 5.6 more inches of standard legroom than an Acura MDX, 4.5 inches more than an Audi Q7 and nearly three inches more than an Infiniti QX60. While the vehicle’s wheelbase is longer, it’s still easy to maneuver as its turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than before.
The vehicle has 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. If more space is needed, second and third-row seating fold flat to create a wide space to store your items. The vehicle also features a 10-inch-deep dry underfloor storage area with 3.1 cubic feet of space.
Every Enclave comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, six USB ports and a frameless 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. They also all come equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. While riding in the vehicle, you don’t have to worry about outside noise. That’s because QuietTuning and active noise cancellation helps prevent outside noise from entering the cabin. But QuietTuning is just one example of Buick’s effort to create a relaxing environment inside its new Enclave. An all-new air ionizer also helps. It comes standard on Essence, Premium and Avenir models. It eliminates odors and provides higher air quality.
“It works by producing negatively charged particles that attract air-borne contaminants and break down their structure, cleaning the cabin air,” writes Buick.
To help you relax even further, a 10-speaker Bose premium sound system is available. It comes standard on the Avenir trim.
If you’re looking for luxury, then the Avenir trim is the way to go. That’s because standard interior features offered with the trim include heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, navigation, wireless charging and a dual sunroof. It also comes with Avenir floor-mats, a wood-accented steering wheel, embroidered first-row headrests and more.
“This is a vehicle intended for Buick customers who demand the best and the latest our brand has to offer,” said Aldred.
The 2018 Buick Enclave comes with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine with stop/start technology. It gets 302 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available, as well as being able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Buick says that’s more than enough to tow a typical 21-foot sport boat.
The 2018 Enclave comes standard with a rear vision camera, rear park assist and seven air bags. More crash-avoidance technologies, meanwhile, are available including forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, safety alert seat, following distance indicator and front park assist. The vehicle’s infotainment system also comes with Teen Driver, which keeps parents informed about their teens’ driving habits, and Rear Seat Reminder, which reminds drivers under certain circumstances to check the back seat as they exit their vehicle. Special safety features that come on the Avenir trim include a 360-degree surround vision camera system. It also comes with a rear camera mirror that can function as a traditional mirror or as a camera.
It’s safe to think of Buick’s new Avenir sub-brand as being similar to GMC’s Denali line. It’s meant for people who are looking for a more luxurious Buick. The exclusive features on the top level trim definitely help it stand apart from the rest of the Enclaves. While pricing has not yet been released, it will go on sale in the fall.