NEW YORK -- The Buick Enclave, after a first generation that lasted a full decade, is dropping nearly 400 pounds for 2018 while gaining cargo space and fuel economy.
The redesigned Enclave’s arrival this fall will mark the debut of Avenir, a subbrand aimed at making Buick more of a luxury player with upscale features such as a three-dimensional grille and an in-vehicle ionizer.
It’s the last of four crossovers that General Motors is redesigning this year, and though it sells in lower volumes than the other three, it’s an important nameplate because it generates the highest transaction prices of the four.
The Enclave is Buick’s second-biggest seller, after the compact Encore. Due to its age, U.S. sales of the Enclave fell 16 percent in 2016, versus a 7.6 percent increase across the industry for all crossovers.