Buick unveils the latest 2018 Enclave at the 2017 New York Auto Show featuring versatile functionality, spaciousness and the latest technology. The midsize luxury SUV now has more space at the third row, an improved towing capability, various safety technologies, and a range of useful interior features. Inside, it boasts of premium materials which enhances the whole experience of cruising with this all-new seven-passenger midsize luxury SUV.
Despite its slimmer size and shorter height, the new Enclave is more spacious on the inside. The standard leg room on the third row offers 5.6 more inches compared to that of the Acura MDX, 4.5 inches more compared to the Audi Q7, and almost 3 inches more compared to the Infinity QX60. And compared to the outgoing model, the new Enclave comes with a longer wheelbase and tighter (by 1.4 feet) turning circle, contributing to better maneuverability.
The new Enclave has a seating capacity good for seven passengers, and provides 10 percent more cubic feet of cargo space (behind the first row) compared to the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60. It even boasts of increased towing capacity, allowing up to 5,000 pounds of weight – that’s almost about the same weight as a typical 21-foot sport boat!
This midsize luxury SUV is illuminated for the first time by Evonik Acrylite lighting technology, exuding a distinctive light signature. It also sits in standard 18-inch wheels and available 20-inch variants.
Other standard equipment includes keyless entry and push-button start, hands-free power-programmable liftgate with a Buick tri-shield logo which lights up to illuminate the ground below the hidden sensor, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal home remote, and six USB ports.
It is also equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a five-year subscription of the OnStar Basic Plan – which includes the myBuick app and OnStar Smart Driver – without additional cost. Moreover, it comes with a frameless 8-inch diagonal infotainment system installed with Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder (reminding drivers to check the back seat upon exit), and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 2018 Buick Enclave offers three trim levels – Enclave, Essence and Premium. It is the seventh new Buick model from the company’s new Avenir luxury sub-brand, introduced in less than two years after the previous model. Production of the said midsize luxury SUV will take place in Lansing, Michigan and is expected to go on sale late this year (in fall, to be exact), with pricing to be announced shortly before that.