Buick's Avenir sub-brand, announced late last year, is similar to GMC's Denali line -- vehicles catering to those wanting a more luxurious Buick. Each model will have a unique grille, 20-inch wheels, plenty of standard features and high-quality materials throughout.
Look for loads of cameras and sensors on this 2018 model. The Enclave Avenir has a 360-degree surround view camera system, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning. There's also a super-cool rear camera mirror, which can function as either a traditional mirror or a digital display. Adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking are available, too.
Expect the interior to get even techier. The 8-inch gauge cluster screen is reconfigurable, and there's wireless charging if your phone supports it. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes GM standards like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the Teen Driver function, which helps parents keep a virtual eye on their kids once they surrender the keys. Also standard is the vibrating safety alert seat that lets your butt know when you've strayed from a lane or are approaching a vehicle too rapidly. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also along for the ride.
For those with allergies or for people who just want a fresh-smelling car at all times, the Enclave Avenir has an air ionizer. Negatively charged particles attach to airborne baddies and break them down, Buick claims, resulting in cleaner air for the cabin. The system requires no maintenance or filter replacement.
Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V6 engine, good for 302 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power gets to the pavement through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. Buick estimates the front-wheel drive Enclave Avenir will see 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined, with the all-wheel drive model getting slightly less. The Enclave Avenir can tow a respectable 5,000 pounds, too.
Almost 98 cubic feet of space is available below the first row of seats, more than the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60. Bring up the second row of seats and there is still 58 cubic feet of space and nearly 24 cubic feet behind the third row.
There's no word on pricing yet, but expect the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir to go on sale in the fall of 2017.