2008 Buick Enclave
Buick plans to launch an all-new crossover utility vehicle in the spring of 2007.
The Enclave SUV debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show as a concept.
Buick decided to get the car into production for 2007-2008.
The new crossover utility vehicle, or CUV, will have only a few change, comparative to the concept.
The Enclave concept is a precursor for a completely new family of crossover vehicles from GM, which is expected to include the Saturn Outlook and the GMC Acadia.
The Enclave will use the same platform as the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia but will have its own look.
The Enclave features six bucket seats in three rows. Measuring 202 inches, the Enclave is longer overall than the upcoming seven-seat Mercedes-Benz GL 460.
The exterior design is contemporary, with bulging front and rear fenders and organic shapes.
The Buick is front or all-wheel-drive, and power comes from a 270-hp 3.6-liter DOHC V-6, hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission.Although there will be V-8 option.
The concept features independent front and rear suspension, which should make it to production and offer a smooth ride over most surfaces.
The price range will fall somewhere around $28,000-$40,000, depending on equipment and options.
If the production model can get close to the concept in terms of the quality of the materials, the Enclave will be a legitimate competitor for vehicles like the Acura MDX and Lexus RX 330.
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