The 2018 Buick Enclave is confirmed to appear at the forthcoming New York Auto Show there is a lot to look forward to since the new model of Buick’s leading SUV is reportedly undergoing a major design revamp as well as some minor performance enhancements to help the vehicle enter into its new generation gracefully. Just ahead of its New York grand debut, Buick has decided to tease us with a rather vague image of the front side of the new Enclave, so as to give us a look at what is to come.
All we expect from this much-anticipated redesign is for the 2018 Buick Enclave to embrace a sportier, more slimmed down look, without compromising its signature conservative styling. There isn’t much to decipher from the teaser image that shows only a shadowy headlight design and a part of the grille, but all the Buick design staples such as the waterfall grille, portholes and pontoon fenders should remain unchanged.
What we do know for sure, however, is that the new Enclave will share the same platform as the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse that made its debut not that long ago at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The platform is a stretched version of GM’s C1XX, a platform that in its regular form can be found underpinning the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia.
Engine and Powertrain
There are no official powertrain details for the upcoming 2018 Buick Enclave at this time, but we expect it to stick with the current model’s 3.6-liter V6 engine. Moreover, the front-wheel drive could still be offered as a standard, while an all-wheel drive could be introduced as a second option. Another possibility is that the redesigned Enclave comes with an optional turbocharged inline-4 cylinder, much like the new Chevrolet Traverse does. As for the transmission, the 9-speed automatic might be the only available option.
2018 Buick Enclave Price and Release Date
There is no official release date for the 2018 Enclave yet, although we can expect this new model to enter the US Showrooms by the end of the year. But before then, we will be able to catch the first glimpse of the new and improved Enclave April 11th at the 2017 New York Auto Show. As for the pricing, we don’t expect the starting price to go over the outgoing models $40.000 mark, but we’ll hopefully know for sure in a month’s time.