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    2018 Buick Enclave To Begin Just Under $41,000

    How much will the 2018 Enclave set you back?

    When the 2018 Buick Enclave hits dealers later this year, it will cost slightly more than the outgoing model.

    The redesigned full-size crossover will now begin at $40,970, almost $1,000 more than the current model. But considering how much standard equipment the new model comes with, it seems quite fair. All Enclaves feature keyless entry, hands-free liftgate, three-zone automatic climate control, eight-inch infotainment system with Buick Intellilink, Rear Seat Reminder, and Teen Driver.

    The Essence comes up next and the option of all-wheel drive. Prices begin at $45,190 for the FWD model and $47,190 for AWD. Premium comes next with prices of $48,990 and $51,290 respectively.

    Topping the Enclave lineup is the new Avenir. Filled with many luxury items such as dual sunroofs, navigation, contrast stitching and piping on the seats, and LED headlights, the top-line Enclave will begin at $54,390 for FWD and $56,690 for AWD.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), Roadshow
    Pic Credit: Newspress USA


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    Gotta say that new look is growing on me.....

    Prices are not bad, but a price jump is smart considering there be some money on the hood at some point.

    Not so much in a bad way, but I see the economy tumbling a bit in the future....

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    14 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    Because not everyone wants an Audi.

    Americans are attracted to Bright shiny things.

    Not this American, Bling is so Baby Boomer 1960's.

    14 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Monochromatic trim seems like a 'sporty' trim of the late 80s-early 90s, and blackout or black chrome seems to be a Millenial thing...I don't get it....regular chrome looks much better, IMO...it's hilarious--I'm in a FB group for Grand Cherokees and the most common posts are people asking about how to black out their chrome trim... black or body color trim just looks cheap to me, like a base trim level, not premium. 

     

    Yet BMW and Benze makes billions off selling monochromatic versions of their auto's at the high trim levels especially the AMG and M line.

    I love the look of black chrome far better than traditional chrome.

    To me luxury is understated and not a bling reflection attack as you drive down the highway.

    12 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    And also very self limiting.

    I love cars, music, art, tools, food, wine, beer, fiction, movies, clothing, furniture style, 

    From a number of different countries.

    I agree self limiting, I love the world and from all over. I choose to support American Companies first before moving onto products from the rest of the world. That is the difference some of us have.

    America First, then the world. things get along just fine then. :)

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    10 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    GM and Ford are building better products because the Japanese forced them too.

     

    10 hours ago, balthazar said:

    How do you think the Japanese built better products?- GM forced them to. '70s Japanese cars were horrendous.

    And what about the General Motors & the Japanese effect on Germans products?

    History lesson, Deming tried to teach the US manufacturing industry how to build better products in the 70's and was blown off as a waste of time and money. Deming then went to Japan and they listened and followed his methodology to become the manufacturing power they are today. 

    If it was not for American thinking of better ways to build products, the US arrogance of we are best already and blowing off Demming, Japan would not become who they are today. Germans also decided after Japan to follow the Demming way. Only after American Auto industry has been beaten to a pulp by the rest of the industry did they finally wake up to building better products.

    http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/w-edwards-deming

    If you want to be the best, you have to rethink how you build the best.

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    40 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Not this American, Bling is so Baby Boomer 1960's.

    Yet BMW and Benze makes billions off selling monochromatic versions of their auto's at the high trim levels especially the AMG and M line.

    I love the look of black chrome far better than traditional chrome.

    To me luxury is understated and not a bling reflection attack as you drive down the highway.

    I agree self limiting, I love the world and from all over. I choose to support American Companies first before moving onto products from the rest of the world. That is the difference some of us have.

    America First, then the world. things get along just fine then. :)

    I have both...one of my table saws is American the other is European. Different strokes for different folks.

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    13 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I have both...one of my table saws is American the other is European. Different strokes for different folks.

    No problem with that, I can totally understand this and sometimes, an almost identical tool from another place just offers the one thing that American manufacturing does not. Gotta stay open to the world to incorporate the best of everyone.

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    As we all know, the new Buick started with the Enclave, not anything else.  Without that success, Buick could have gone the way of Oldsmobile.

    While we are all happy Buick is doing well (especially in China), that leaves me with a question.  Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the Envision is somehow smaller than the XT5 or the Equinox/Terrain?  And why is that the case? 

    As for a possible Cadillac XT7 as an Enclave variant, the case can (and should) be made that Cadillac could use a three-row crossover for those who do NOT want to buy an Escalade.  Not everyone wants a luxury BOF SUV for whatever reasons they have.  I hope Cadillac is working on that, and I hope it releases that vehicle soon given that more and more vehicle sales are CUVs and not cars at all.

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    No problem with that, I can totally understand this and sometimes, an almost identical tool from another place just offers the one thing that American manufacturing does not. Gotta stay open to the world to incorporate the best of everyone.

    What I hate is the Anti American bias, people who will just not buy American because it is American. I am not even talking about people who boycott American products because they do not like US foreign policy or something....there are people who just mindlessly hate American products.  That strikes me as wildly irrational.

    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    No problem with that, I can totally understand this and sometimes, an almost identical tool from another place just offers the one thing that American manufacturing does not. Gotta stay open to the world to incorporate the best of everyone.

    ...also, the European saw was a gift from a friend....so it has sentimental value.

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    I like the Avenir package, but whish they would offer it in a Black edition. Being Black Chrome.

    AvenirExterior.png

    AvenirInterior.png

    29 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

      Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the Envision is somehow smaller than the XT5 or the Equinox/Terrain?  And why is that the case? 

    Are you sure? Enclave has 3 rows of seats compared to the XT5 2 rows of seats. Also according to other news reports, GM seems to have confirmed that the 2018 Enclave is built on the same platform as the new Chevrolet Traverse and the upcoming 3 row Cadillac XT7. This would indicate it is indeed bigger than the XT5.

    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/report-2018-buick-enclave-full-size-cadillac-crossover-to-be-built-in-lansing/

     

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    I like the Avenir package, but whish they would offer it in a Black edition. Being Black Chrome.

    AvenirExterior.png

    AvenirInterior.png

    Are you sure? Enclave has 3 rows of seats compared to the XT5 2 rows of seats. Also according to other news reports, GM seems to have confirmed that the 2018 Enclave is built on the same platform as the new Chevrolet Traverse and the upcoming 3 row Cadillac XT7. This would indicate it is indeed bigger than the XT5.

    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/report-2018-buick-enclave-full-size-cadillac-crossover-to-be-built-in-lansing/

     

    I just love the interior in that...always have had a soft spot for the Enclave.

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    Cadillac needed a 3 row crossover yesterday and they need 2 crossovers smaller than XT5.  Buick could put another crossover in between Envision and Enclave easily.  GMC needs a crossover smaller than Terrain.

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    1 minute ago, smk4565 said:

    Cadillac needed a 3 row crossover yesterday and they need 2 crossovers smaller than XT5.  Buick could put another crossover in between Envision and Enclave easily.  GMC needs a crossover smaller than Terrain.

    I will agree with you SMK that Cadillac could easily have an XT4 and maybe an XT3, but nothing smaller is really needed. Leave the subcompact market to Buick. For sure an XT7 is needed.

    I also agree with you that GMC should have a Subcompact model below the Terrain that is a very butch offroad capable CUV. Something with the off road capability of the late Hummer line.

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    1 minute ago, dfelt said:

    I will agree with you SMK that Cadillac could easily have an XT4 and maybe an XT3, but nothing smaller is really needed. Leave the subcompact market to Buick. For sure an XT7 is needed.

    I also agree with you that GMC should have a Subcompact model below the Terrain that is a very butch offroad capable CUV. Something with the off road capability of the late Hummer line.

    I am not sure I agree with either of you.  GM just got over trying to build too many vehicles to suit too many people. They need to stop trying to be everything for everyone IMHO.

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    3 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    I like the Avenir package, but whish they would offer it in a Black edition. Being Black Chrome.

    AvenirExterior.png

    AvenirInterior.png

    Are you sure? Enclave has 3 rows of seats compared to the XT5 2 rows of seats. Also according to other news reports, GM seems to have confirmed that the 2018 Enclave is built on the same platform as the new Chevrolet Traverse and the upcoming 3 row Cadillac XT7. This would indicate it is indeed bigger than the XT5.

    http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/01/report-2018-buick-enclave-full-size-cadillac-crossover-to-be-built-in-lansing/

     

    Envision is smaller than the XT5 but similar size to the Equinox.

    For  sure Cadillac will get an Enclave, they are hurting for crossovers.   Upgrade the interior and put a 400 hp V6 in and Cadillac has their Q7 fighter.

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    3 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I am not sure I agree with either of you.  GM just got over trying to build too many vehicles to suit too many people. They need to stop trying to be everything for everyone IMHO.

    They can start cutting sedans.  Any brand needs a minimum 4 crossovers to survive.  Buick could get by with 1-2 sedans and Cadillac needs 3.  Chevy can drop Impala and Sonic and bring out 2 more crossover and see sales grow.

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    6 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

    I am not sure I agree with either of you.  GM just got over trying to build too many vehicles to suit too many people. They need to stop trying to be everything for everyone IMHO.

    I can understand where you are coming from and in my mind, the more I think about it, the more I am sure Cadillac needs an XT3/4 which ever number you want to use and an XT7 but that is it. I would not build any other CUV's.

    I think Cadillac could do just fine with 3 CUV's that start out in basic form and go all the way up to a V edition for every product model.

    GMC needs to build on the Hummer Off Road capability and can get away with a Sub Compact that is a solid wrangler competitor. I truly think you can do this with a CUV..

    Buick is fine with their existing CUV product line I think.

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    16 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    They can start cutting sedans.  Any brand needs a minimum 4 crossovers to survive.  Buick could get by with 1-2 sedans and Cadillac needs 3.  Chevy can drop Impala and Sonic and bring out 2 more crossover and see sales grow.

    Sonic and Impala already have the development paid for but yes, they need 2 more crossovers.

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    They can start cutting sedans.  Any brand needs a minimum 4 crossovers to survive.  Buick could get by with 1-2 sedans and Cadillac needs 3.  Chevy can drop Impala and Sonic and bring out 2 more crossover and see sales grow.

    Speaking of things that needed to happen yesterday.....

    Keep a few sedans for the traditional folk, get a few SUV/CUVs, and a sportwagon.....

    Don't think you'll wait to much longer to see those two Chevys axed....

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    12 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

    Speaking of things that needed to happen yesterday.....

    Keep a few sedans for the traditional folk, get a few SUV/CUVs, and a sportwagon.....

    Don't think you'll wait to much longer to see those two Chevys axed....

    Sadly, yes, as the Impala is a wonderful product.

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    They can start cutting sedans.  Any brand needs a minimum 4 crossovers to survive.  Buick could get by with 1-2 sedans and Cadillac needs 3.  Chevy can drop Impala and Sonic and bring out 2 more crossover and see sales grow.

    So then what your also saying is the Benz and BMW could cut most of the cars and just keep 4 CUV's and they would be fine then.

    Benze, C, E and S in Coupe, 4 door sedan and performance version along with a station wagon and AMG versions. Each lineup with a proper EV too. Then just have the GLC, GLE and GLS and drop all the GLA, CLA and G out of date wagon low selling models.

    BMW 3, 5 & 7 series for coupe, 4 door sedan and performance with a station wagon and then their X3, X5 and X7 CUVs and drop all the rest of the wasteful low selling models.

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    7 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    So then what your also saying is the Benz and BMW could cut most of the cars and just keep 4 CUV's and they would be fine then.

    Benze, C, E and S in Coupe, 4 door sedan and performance version along with a station wagon and AMG versions. Each lineup with a proper EV too. Then just have the GLC, GLE and GLS and drop all the GLA, CLA and G out of date wagon low selling models.

    BMW 3, 5 & 7 series for coupe, 4 door sedan and performance with a station wagon and then their X3, X5 and X7 CUVs and drop all the rest of the wasteful low selling models.

    The rules he gives for domestics do not apply to the Germans, and especially Mercedes. Thought you would have learned that by now lol. 

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    5 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    The rules he gives for domestics do not apply to the Germans, and especially Mercedes. Thought you would have learned that by now lol. 

    ;) Come on, gotta take a break from time to time and bait the hook and fish! :P 

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    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    The rules he gives for domestics do not apply to the Germans, and especially Mercedes. Thought you would have learned that by now lol. 

    From a logical standpoint it is called special pleading, something that seems to happen a lot...

    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    ;) Come on, gotta take a break from time to time and bait the hook and fish! :P 

    Only if one uses a German rod and reel....otherwise one is slacking...

    2 hours ago, dfelt said:

    So then what your also saying is the Benz and BMW could cut most of the cars and just keep 4 CUV's and they would be fine then.

    Benze, C, E and S in Coupe, 4 door sedan and performance version along with a station wagon and AMG versions. Each lineup with a proper EV too. Then just have the GLC, GLE and GLS and drop all the GLA, CLA and G out of date wagon low selling models.

    BMW 3, 5 & 7 series for coupe, 4 door sedan and performance with a station wagon and then their X3, X5 and X7 CUVs and drop all the rest of the wasteful low selling models.

    Benz and BMW could cut themselves down to Cadillac levels of model availability and it would barely hurt them....it might even help them, at least in the US market.

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    4 hours ago, dfelt said:

    I can understand where you are coming from and in my mind, the more I think about it, the more I am sure Cadillac needs an XT3/4 which ever number you want to use and an XT7 but that is it. I would not build any other CUV's.

    I think Cadillac could do just fine with 3 CUV's that start out in basic form and go all the way up to a V edition for every product model.

    GMC needs to build on the Hummer Off Road capability and can get away with a Sub Compact that is a solid wrangler competitor. I truly think you can do this with a CUV..

    Buick is fine with their existing CUV product line I think.

    The sad reality is Cadillac could put 6 crossovers in their line up and all 6 would likely sell better than the CTS.  I don't like SUVs but they are what sells.

    Buick I think is fine with 3 crossovers because GMC is in the same dealership and they could have 3 or even 4 if they expand offerings.  GMC could easily add more crossovers or a Wrangler like off roader.  You can make something look off road that isn't like the new Toyota J whatever it's called.

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    1 minute ago, smk4565 said:

    The sad reality is Cadillac could put 6 crossovers in their line up and all 6 would likely sell better than the CTS.  I don't like SUVs but they are what sells.

    Buick I think is fine with 3 crossovers because GMC is in the same dealership and they could have 3 or even 4 if they expand offerings.  GMC could easily add more crossovers or a Wrangler like off roader.  You can make something look off road that isn't like the new Toyota J whatever it's called.

    I do not think the auto market is just so simple as "throw more crossovers at it..."

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