ALL-NEW 2008 BUICK ENCLAVE CREATES A NICHE IN THE HOT CROSSOVER MARKET
Source: GM Media
The 2008 Enclave, Buick’s first all-new luxury crossover, creates a niche in the fast-growing crossover market. Enclave blends elegant design and a confident ride in a quiet, well-crafted and roomy cabin that is capable of carrying up to eight passengers with space for gear.
Starting at less than $33,000 MSRP, the Enclave is priced to challenge its luxury competitors, offers better fuel economy and is quieter and roomier inside. It is also loaded with standard equipment and offers the industry’s best warranty coverage.
Enclave is built on an all-new crossover architecture and is motivated by a powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine. Buick’s first luxury crossover is available in CX and CXL trim levels, with eight exterior and three interior colors, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The engine is a new 275-horsepower (205 kW) V-6 powertrain featuring variable valve timing (VVT) that’s mated to Buick’s first six-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.6L V-6 VVT is a dual-overhead camshaft engine using full four-cam phasing, rapid data processing and torque-based engine management to optimize power, fuel economy and emissions performance. With EPA fuel economy ratings of 16 city and 24 highway for FWD models and 16 city and 22 highway for AWD models, Enclave sets the pace in the luxury crossover segment (fuel economy ratings based on EPA’s new, reformulated test procedures that are required for all manufacturers’ vehicles starting with the 2008 model year).
Designed to be a true Buick
The Enclave was designed from the ground up to be a true Buick, inside and out.
Outside, Buick’s luxury crossover hints at legendary design cues such as a new waterfall black chrome grille – with a bold tri-shield emblem – and portholes. Enclave’s grille represents the new face of Buick that is shared across the 2008 model lineup and future products. The portholes, which are similar in design to those on the new Lucerne sedan, form a distinct “V” shape as they flow out from the grille and into the hood. Standard xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps that house a blue ring and three-dimensional taillamp housings spotlight craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Inside, Enclave is designed as an extension of the exterior form, with complementing curves and warm, inviting colors, as well as premium, soft-touch, low-gloss materials. The flowing, wraparound design of the interior and, in particular, the instrument panel highlight what Buick designers have called “heritage forward” design. It acknowledges the classic, confident design that is woven throughout Buick’s history and melds it with leading technology and unmatched attention to fit, finish and flushness throughout.
Thoughtful standard and innovative optional features add to the Enclave’s standout status in the segment.
Much of the standard equipment is focused around customer convenience and comfort. For example, the standard front-row center console armrest slides back and forth for personalized comfort and access to the lower console storage area. The storage area is equipped with a pull-out tray that reveals a deep space of more than 60 cubic inches (1 liter) for storing items such as bottled water or a small purse. Enclave’s standard elevated footrest, or “dead pedal,” adds comfort for drivers with high-heel shoes while the standard power liftgate activates conveniently with a touch of one button.
Other key standard features include:
- Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology
- Traction control
- QuietTuning to reduce, block and absorb noise
- Leather-wrapped, real mahogany wood-accented steering wheel
- Tri-zone climate control
- Six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
- Smart Slide second-row seat
- Dual exhaust with chrome tips
- Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
- Stylish analog clock with quartz movement
- Six standard air bags
- XM Satellite Radio
- OnStar with Turn-By-Turn voice-guided navigation and more.
A comprehensive list of standard safety equipment helped Enclave earn five stars in government safety ratings for frontal- and side-impact collisions.
Enclave is equipped with six air bags: two dual-stage frontal air bags, two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the first row and two rollover capable head curtain side air bags that cover all three seating rows. Complementing the air bags is GM’s rollover sensing system, which activates the head curtain air bags if sensors determine an impending rollover.
Safety is enhanced with the optional Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist and rear back-up camera, which work together to provide visual and audible references of objects directly behind the vehicle. Displayed on the navigation system screen, icons and audible chimes provide an easy-to-understand reference to items behind the vehicle.
Enclave also is equipped with adjustable outside mirrors that can be programmed on CXL to automatically angle downward when the vehicle is in reverse, providing a view of the curb or parking lines. The mirrors on the CXL can be programmed so that one, both or neither of the mirrors provide this view.
For added security and flexibility, Enclave has more than two dozen storage areas, including an optional second-row center console with a deep storage compartment and 12-volt power outlet, two cupholders and pull-out tray. It is also capable of folding flat into the load floor.
Versatile and roomy
When it comes to function and roominess, Enclave looks smaller on the outside but lives bigger inside. The crossover can be configured for seven or eight passengers, with three rows of seats, and still have a segment-best 18.9 cubic feet (535 L) of space for gear behind the third row.
With 115.1 cubic feet (3,259 L) of cargo room behind the first row when all rear seats are folded, Enclave has more maximum cargo volume than the 2008 Lexus RX350 (84.7 cu. ft.), 2008 Volvo XC90 (85.1 cu. ft.), 2008 Audi Q7 (71.8 cu. ft.) and 2008 Acura MDX (83.5 cu. ft.).
All seats have a tailored appearance, with premium cloth standard on CX models and perforated and heated leather seats standard on CXL models. The first row includes two bucket seats, while the second-row seats come standard with two captain’s chairs. A second-row 60/40-split bench (three passengers) seat is also available.
Second-row seats feature GM’s Smart Slide, which allows easy entry to the third row with the pull of one handle. With Smart Slide, the second-row seat cushion flips up while the seatback slides forward, compressing the space occupied by the seat. The seats also have fore/aft adjustment. When adjusted rearward, the second-row seat provides more legroom for taller passengers; when adjusted forward, it provides more storage space or additional legroom for third-row passengers.
The third row features a standard 60/40-split bench seat that can accommodate three adult passengers. For extra support and comfort, individual sections of the third-row bench are bolstered and tuck away when the seat is folded flat.
Entering and exiting Enclave’s third row is made easy by maximizing the door opening and reducing the space between the rear door and leading edge of the door opening.
Enclave’s step-in heights for the front and rear doors also contribute to easy entry and exit.
Confident and quiet
Enclave rides on a long wheelbase, with a wide 67.3-inch (1,709 mm) front track and 67.1-inch (1,704 mm) rear track. The long wheelbase and wide track help the Enclave deliver a confident ride and precise handling.
Enclave’s precise driving feel features standard variable-effort power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering supported by independent front and rear suspensions.
The available, intelligent all-wheel-drive system provides increased traction on slippery roads and other driving situations where increased traction would enhance safety and handling.
A new Hydra-Matic 6T75 electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission backs the 3.6L V-6 VVT engine. It is an advanced transmission with clutch-to-clutch shift operation for front- and all-wheel-drive models.
Buick’s industry-exclusive QuietTuning engineering process reduces, blocks and absorbs unwanted noise from entering Enclave’s cabin. Thanks to this exhaustive engineering approach, third-party and internal testing shows that Enclave is the quietest in its segment, beating its luxury competitors in all seating positions and road conditions.
The 2008 Buick Enclave is priced less than the competition and backed by the industry’s best warranty. The front-wheel-drive Enclave CX starts at $32,790, while the all-wheel-drive model starts at $34,790. The front-wheel-drive Enclave CXL begins at $34,990, while the all-wheel-drive version starts at $36,990. Prices include a $735 destination charge. Enclave comes with a four-year, 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
Enclave is built at GM’s new Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. The state-of-the-art, flexible manufacturing complex is designed with people-focused production processes that ensure high build quality and represent the best of GM’s manufacturing systems from around the globe. Enclave is available now in the United States and Canada.