2018 Buick Enclave Teaser Shows Radically Sleeker Styling
Buick’s Largest Crossover Gets a Full Reboot
GM’s fullsize crossovers are getting a full redesign one by one. First to debut was the downsized GMC Acadia, which went on sale in late 2016. Chevrolet then unveiled the 2018 Traverse at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, with a longer wheelbase and larger size than its GMC counterpart. The 2018 Buick Enclave will complete the trio. Based on this teaser image released by Buick, the Enclave will get a major stylistic reboot. The C1XX platform, shared with the Acadia, Traverse, and Cadillac XT5, replaces the Lambda platform that underpinned the predecessor models and shares some DNA with the P2XX platform that underpins the new Buick LaCrosse and next Chevrolet Impala, also expected in 2018.
The teaser shows Buick’s new, more aggressive design language, with more tapered headlights and a more upright grille with the new “wing” motif. In terms of size, we expect the new Enclave to ride on the longer-wheelbase version of the platform shared with the Traverse. This also makes sense from a branding and retail perspective, as most Buick and GMC stores are located under the same roof, offering two sizes and flavors of the same platform.
For powertrains, we expect the 3.6L LGX V-6 shared with the XT5, Acadia, and Traverse, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Enclave may or may not get an I-4 option, as the Acadia and Traverse did. Our money is on the V-6 being the sole engine option. Expect the trims to mirror the Preferred, Essence, and Premium trims of the Encore and Envision crossovers. The new Enclave will be officially revealed at the New York Auto Show in April and is expected to be one of the first new models of Buick’s Avenir premium sub-brand.