Great things come in great big packages – including the 2018 Buick Enclave. Plans for the next model year’s three-row family hauler are to add inches to it from every angle as well as pack more great features thanks to a brand new premium trim level. Below are just preliminary specs on this vehicle but they have us ready to jump on board with these changes already.
Again, the 2018 Buick Enclave will be powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that is estimated to produce a mighty 302 horsepower and a robust 260 lb-ft of torque. Even though the engine output is staying largely the same, the previous six-speed automatic transmission is getting upgraded in a big way to a nine-speed automatic with front-drive or all-wheel-drive for a more pleasing experience behind the wheel. And with the gains under the hood, the towing capacity goes up from 4,500 to 5,000 pounds.
To usher in the new top trim level called the Avenir, the Enclave will introduce a variety of cutting-edge features that will make this model safer, more convenient, and a little more dashing. On the outside, the Avenir Enclave will receive a special grille, 20-inch wheels with “pearl nickel” finish, a two-tone brown-and-black interior with contrast piping and stitching, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, and Avenir-logo sill plates and floor mats. The standard equipment for this model includes turn-by-turn navigation, heated first- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, a dual-pane sunroof, and available adaptive dampers with a Sport mode.
The safety is even increased on the Avenir trim with Buick’s first use of the camera-based virtual rearview mirror that makes it easier to back up with confidence. And thanks to a 360-degree camera system with audio and visual alerts to keep you protected from all sides. With both of these exclusive additions, plus all of the standard active safety features like automated emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert, this vehicle can basically drive itself.
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