Competes with: GMC Acadia, Infiniti QX60, Lincoln MKT, Volvo XC90
Looks like: The Enclave goes upscale
Drivetrain: 302-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 and 260 pounds-feet of torque; nine-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fall 2017
The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir makes its debut in New York, offering more luxury, technology and style than the standard Enclave.
The Avenir started out as a concept vehicle that debuted at the Detroit auto show in 2015, but Buick has turned it into a full sub-brand (similar to GMC’s Denali) and will give the name to more luxurious and stylish versions of its existing vehicles. The 2018 Enclave Avenir is the first of those, with more iterations to follow in the Buick lineup.
The Enclave Avenir gets a unique, three-dimensional mesh grille that is paired with a chromed wing version of the Buick logo. Compared to the standard Enclave, the Avenir looks more upscale. Twenty-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and a power liftgate are standard.