Saw the pics on www.gminsidenews.com
, Motortrend, and the Buick website. I have to say I was more impressed with the 2018 Traverse when I saw it compared to the 2018 Enclave, but overall the refresh is okay. More "wow" factor with the Traverse. The new Enclave looks like the Infiniti QX60. Here's my take:
- Lose the "floating roof" design on the D-pillar! It really looks out of place - like the designers were trying too hard. I don't like it on the Terrain either. Otherwise the exterior is a nice evolution. Don't see any reason to buy the Avenir when the regular exterior looks just as good.
- More wood on the interior would be nice. The cabin really looks no better than the new Traverse high country. Call me old fashioned but I like the luxury of high quality wood trim on the dashboard. The original Enclave dashboard was a classic; I have gotten many, many compliments on how nice it is, even though the wood is fake. What cost cutting accountant forgot the analog clock? The dashboard looks okay, but kind of generic now and no "wow" factor.
- For the top Avenir trim level, why not put in the 3.0 twin turbo V-6 from the CT6 for more power? I would expect this from the top trim level. Look at what Ford's doing with their ecoboost engines.
Otherwise, I believe this will sell very well, but if I were in the market I'd check out the Traverse High Country trim too. I'm curious how flimsy the door will feel. I went to the car show last month and saw the new Acadia; the doors seem flimsy like they'd dent easily - similar to a Honda or Toyota. My 09 Enclave doors feel solid. Hope the new Enclave is as solid as my old one.
I want to add, the photos of the new Traverse show a much better rear end.
I would never buy the current version. The taillights, are very bad, the new one
is a big improvement.
Now if they quiet down the vehicle with better windshield glass, and a proper
insulated engine cover....aka, Ford Explorer, they have done things right.
I hope the bean counters and engineers from GM are watching.
We went from a noisy 2013 Acadia to a quieter 2015 Ford Explorer.
The difference is very obvious, and important.