FIRST LOOKS: 2018 BUICK ENCLAVE
GM is set to unveil a completely restyled and redesigned Buick Enclave crossover for 2018 – serving to build on a legacy of uncompromising luxury and style.
The first generation Enclave was the original GMC vehicle to sport the Lambda platform.
Debuting in 2006 as a concept, the Enclave was designed in place of the Rendezvous, Rainier and Terraza.
According to Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design, as a seven passenger crossover, the “Enclave is the full expression of Buick’s craftsmanship, comfort and technical sophistication, wrapped in an exciting, youthful form.”
As part of the brand’s luxury lineup, the 2008 Enclave offered a sculptured and detailed body design, sculpted hood with mounted portholes, chip-resistant paint, waterfall grille, 21-inch seven spoke wheels, a streamlined, chrome roof rack, jewel-like headlamp and tail lamp housings, chrome exhaust outlets, and GM’s Adaptive Forward Lighting System.
The interior of the large crossover was crafted with the kind of precision and detailed mastery that Buicks have long been known for. Individual leather seats and bronze-tinted skylight added to the warmth and openness of the inside. Brushed aluminum trim accented the air vents, instrument panels and door panels, a Cocoa and light Cashmere two-tone color theme is enhanced by camphor burl wood and contrasting stitching.
Other details included wood-embellished front seat backs, leather, coach-inspired storage satchels, a jeweled, Tiffany-style analog clock, and lapis blue lighting in the vehicle’s foot wells.
Aside from its innovative design and superior craftsmanship, the 2008 Enclave’s spacious cargo area and quiet interior made it a popular choice among consumers.
For 2017, GM has made some noticeable changes to the second generation Enclave – starting with a longer wheelbase, as well as a brand new engine and all-new platform.
The 2018 Enclave will be sharing the same C1XX underpinnings as the next-generation Traverse, and while it will retain its full-size dimensions, the Enclave gains a few inches in length.
Arnie Bauer has also been told that GM’s all-new crossover will not only be lighter than its predecessor, it also offers more interior room and greater fuel efficiency.
Other features include IntelliLink infotainment and active safety/driver assistance systems, a 3.6 Liter V LGX engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and improved braking, acceleration and handling.
From what we can tell so far, the next-generation GM crossover stays true to its roots.
Expect the all-new Buick Enclave to make its debut early next year. For now, stop in to our Matteson showroom for a look at all our new vehicles.