An April debut for the 2018 Buick Enclave

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The Buick Enclave is a full-size crossover SUV that was first launched back in 2007, it has only had one minor refresh in 2013 and as such, sales are dropping – the competition from the likes of the Acura MDX or Infiniti QX60 is taking the Buick’s share of the market. Buick have plans in place to remedy that!

Buick knew that it had to do something with the Enclave – not just give it a fresh paint color or a different styled wheel – the 2018 Enclave has been properly re-engineered – from front to back.

When and Where?

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1. When and Where?
2. 3.6 LGX Power
3. Enclave 2018 Might Be Lighter
4. Plenty of Chrome
5. Is It Better Than Before?

It’s expected to debut on April 11th – the day before Press Day for the New York Auto Show, and sales should start happening around July this year (if you’re looking for an Enclave – there are plenty of bargains to be had right now as dealers make way for the new model).

Buick have only released a teaser image ahead of the show, there is no official information regarding the new Enclave, least of all pricing structures, but with Buick needing to regain some of the market share, it’s doubtful that they’ll be pushing over the current $39,065 price – maybe a few hundred bucks, but there is no way they’ll break the $40k barrier.

The Enclave will continue to be built alongside the Chevrolet Traverse at the GM plant in Michigan, but as it shares the same platform (which in itself is a long-wheelbase version of the 2017 Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia) makes perfect sense.

Update: New Enclave debuted in April 11, 2017 in New York. It is built on the same platform as Traverse, get increased wheelbase (120.9″), now become 204.3 inches in lenght,  which means it is bigger than Explorer and even VW Atlas. The release date scheduled on fall 2017, the pricing will be announced closer to that period.

3.6 LGX Power

Powering the new Enclave (we think) will be a naturally-aspirated 3.6 liter V6 – the next-generation all aluminum LGX unit, good enough for 310 BHP and 271 lb/ft of torque, although there is a rumor of an inline four-cylinder turbo being introduced somewhere in the production cycle.

As it stands at the moment, the only transmission available will be a 6-speed auto, but we do know that GM are working on an all-new 9-speed auto transmission – whether that will find a home in the 2018 Enclave remains to be seen. Front-wheel drive is standard, but there will be an all-wheel drive option.

Update: Enclave received one only option for the powertrain – the same 3.6-liter V6, boosted to 302 HP and 260 ft lb. As predicted, it has got 9-speed automatic with AWD or FWD layout.

Enclave 2018 Might Be Lighter

Thanks to the use of better construction materials, we think that the 2018 Enclave will be significantly lighter – some rumors say that it will lose as much as 500 lbs, although we think that sounds a little too optimistic. There is no doubting that the Enclave could do with losing some of that weight – you can feel it on every turn, acceleration and stopping.

Thanks to the weight-loss, Buick will also need to update the suspension – we aren’t sure if that will be retuning what is already there or introducing a whole new set-up though – we’d like to think it would be all-new.

There have been some heavily-camouflaged spy-shots taken of the 2018 Enclave out testing in Detroit, but they don’t reveal too much – not even the headlight design – although thanks to the teaser pic from Buick we can see that the headlights do look a little narrower.

We also know that the Enclave will feature some of the styling from the Avenir concept sedan that was first shown at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, it will also have the signature grille that’s been rolled out on other models – the LaCrosse and Encore being prime examples.

Plenty of Chrome

The interior is going to be plush – one of the biggest features will be the upgraded sound-deadening, making the inside of the Enclave whisper quiet and more luxurious. Coupled with that will be lots of chrome – yes, it may not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly seems to ring the bell for Buick customers.

Compare with the 2018 Shelby GT500 specifications

The old Buick Enclave was reasonably well-equipped, both with technology and safety gear, and the 2018 model will be no different, only this time around, it also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for better smartphone connectivity.

Expect the usual run of features – pedestrian detection, rear-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane guidance and lane assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking … what we don’t yet know is what will be fitted as standard and what will only be available as an optional extra or further up the model range.

Update: New Enclave 2018 received capitain chair second row seats, 8-inch multimedia, power folding third row, hands-free power liftgate, bunch of safety features and… air ionizer.


Is 2018 Buick Enclave Better than Before?

Whatever Buick decide to do, we think that the 2018 Buick Enclave will be just that bit better than everything that has gone before it – as we said, Buick need sales after a fairly disastrous couple of years with the Enclave, so expect a few limited editions and special offers, especially around launch-time.

What do you think of the new Enclave? Have Buick done a good job? Let us know in the comments.

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Enclave will keep the concept of big crossover, able to accommodate up to 7 people with extra comfort.

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