After last night's debut of the sumptuous Enclave Avenir, Buick brought something a little more mainstream to the New York show floor.

What do people want when buying cars? Space, safety and style--the 2018 Enclave brings all three.

A longer wheelbase gives the Enclave more interior space compared to its competitors; Buick claims the third row alone offers 5.6 more inches of standard legroom compared to Acura's MDX, 4.5 inches more than Audi's Q7 and almost three inches more than an Infiniti QX60.

Because most folks only really care about their stuff, the Enclave offers 23.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row; 97.6 cubes are available with the second and third rows folded flat, which will be useful when your millennial child inevitably moves back home.



Standard safety equipment on all 2018 Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear park assist, plus seven airbags. Keeping you from crashing are forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, vibrating safety seat, and a following distance indicator.

"The Enclave's sophisticated suite of available radar, camera and ultrasonic crash avoidance technologies is engineered to help drivers continuously monitor their surroundings in an intuitive, assisting manner so they can feel more confident behind the wheel," said Dean Perelli, chief engineer for the Buick Enclave.



Available in three trim levels--Enclave, Essence and Premium, plus Avenir--the Enclave wears it's new proportions extremely well; the windshield is more raked, the roofline is lower and the wheelbase is longer, which helps elongate the big seven-seater and gives it a more elegant presence on the road. Overall the redesigned Enclave looks far more svelte, which, according to Helen Emsley, executive director of Global Buick and GMC Design "customers in feedback clinics have described it as having a 'sleek' appearance."



Completing the look are highly stylized LEDs both front and back, Premium and Avenir models are also available with IntelliBeam technology which will automatically turn the highbeams on and off.

Inside a cabin air ionizer comes standard on Essence, Premium and Avenir models, which reduces odors, bacteria, viruses, dust, debris and pollen--no maintenance or filter replacement required.

Standard kit on every 2018 Enclave includes, a hands-free power-programmable liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal home remote, six USB ports, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and an 8-inch infotainment system with Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.



Buick will only offer the 302-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 under the Enclave's hood, which will be good for 5,000 lbs towing when equipped with the factory-installed tow package. Hooked up to GM's new 9T65 nine-speed automatic transmission front wheel drive fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway, which will return 20 mpg combined. AWD models match the front drivers efficiency in the city, but drop a mile per gallon on the highway, culminating in a 19 mpg combined rating.

MacPherson struts and a five-link rear end serve as the crossover's legs, 18-inch wheels come standard, with 20s an available upgrade.

Shoppers won't see the redesigned Enclave until the fall of this year, pricing and packaging details won't be released until closer to the CUVs on-sale date. For those with a foreign-made phobia, the Enclave will continue to be manufactured in Lansing, Michigan alongside the redesigned Chevrolet Traverse.