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New for 2018: Buick

New for 2018: Buick

By Christian Wardlaw, November 15, 2017

Buick is busy in 2018. The company’s full-size SUV, the Enclave, is completely redesigned and launches Buick’s new Avenir luxury sub-brand. Think “Denali,” but for Buicks. The midsize Regal is also new for 2018, but Buick drops the sedan body style for a 5-door hatch called the Sportback and for a wagon wearing a Subaru Outback costume and called the TourX. Not to be forgotten, the LaCrosse now comes with a light-electrified hybrid powertrain as standard equipment, bumping fuel economy and dropping the price.

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir front quarter left photoDetailed changes for each Buick car and SUV are shown on the pages that follow, the vehicles listed in alphabetical order.

2018 Buick Cascada

  • Buick’s 4-passenger convertible is unchanged except for color choices and availability
  • Dark Effects option package now offered with black or white paint in addition to red
  • New top colors: Sweet Mokka (dark brown), Malbec (dark red)
  • New paint colors: Rioja Red, Darkmoon Blue, Carrageen (greenish blue)


2018 Buick Enclave

  • Full-size crossover SUV is completely redesigned for 2018
  • Four trims, including new luxury-themed Avenir
  • 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive damping suspension
  • Larger inside than previous Enclave
  • Cargo space measures 23.6 cu.-ft. behind third-row seat, 58 cu.-ft. behind second-row seat, 97.6 cu.-ft. behind front seats
  • Standard reversing camera, rear parking sensors, rear seat reminder system, hands-free rear liftgate, triple-zone climate control, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, 8-inch infotainment system display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


2018 Buick Encore

  • Standard capless fuel filling system, HD Radio, clean air ionizer
  • New paint color: Coppertino


2018 Buick Envision

  • Buick makes no changes to the 2018 Envision


2018 Buick LaCrosse

  • Standard powertrain is now a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with an electric assist motor, delivering up to 35 mpg on the highway, according to Buick, while reducing the car’s base price
  • 3.6-liter V6 engine gets a new 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Essence trim is now offered with all-wheel drive, in addition to Premium trim
  • New paint colors: Satin Steel, Dark Slate, Red Quartz


2018 Buick Regal

  • Redesigned for 2018
  • Remains an American version of Europe’s Opel Insignia, and is built in Germany
  • Available in Sportback and TourX body styles
  • Sportbacks come in standard, Preferred, Preferred II, Essence, and GS trims
  • TourX models offered in standard, Preferred, and Essence trims
  • Sportback features 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 9-speed automatic; optional all-wheel drive fed by 8-speed automatic
  • GS equipped with 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine and 9-speed automatic; standard all-wheel drive
  • TourX equipped with turbocharged 2.0-liter, 8-speed automatic, and standard AWD with raised suspension and ground clearance
  • Standard active hood pedestrian safety system, keyless entry with push-button engine starting, heated side mirrors, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Sportback offers 31.5 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, and up to 60.7 cu.-ft. with the rear seat folded down
  • TourX supplies 32.7 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the rear seat, and up to 73.5 cu.-ft. with the rear seat folded down

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