Gracing the 2017 New York Auto Show is the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir – the brand’s very first entry in its new Avenir luxury sub-brand. This latest generation of Buick’s crossover vehicle comes with a sleeker look, compared to vehicles in the same class.
The Enclave Avenir has taken some features from recent Buick concepts such as the Avenir Concept car and integrating it as its own. Here, we find a combination of its mesh grille and chrome wings which serve as a support for the Buick tri-shield emblem. Another standard feature is a pair of LED headlights featuring automatic high beams.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2018 Enclave is now taller and longer. Its height has increased by 2.4 inches (61 millimeters) or a total of 204.3 inches (5.189 meters), and its wheelbase is made longer so that it is now at 120.9 inches (3.071 meters) – a 2-inch (51-millimeter) increase from the current generation’s. However, this increase in size does not affect its weight as the 2018 Enclave is lighter than the current generation – the base model’s curb weight is at 4,358 pounds (1,977 kilograms), which is actually 366 pounds (166 kg) lighter.
Safety is also a priority for the 2018 Enclave Avenir. It offers optional safety equipment such as an adaptive cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert and lane-keep assist, ensuring security especially when used as a family vehicle.
Prices are to be announced sometime in the following months. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir will hit U.S. markets this coming fall and is expected to have a base price near that of the current top-spec trim (probably somewhere near $48,550 after the $925 destination cost).