2008 Buick Enclave crossover SUV

2008 Buick Enclave crossover SUV
2008 Buick Enclave

2008 Buick Enclave, the entry-premium brother-in-law of the latest GMC Acadia car-based crossover SUV, will be available this summer in three trims. First revealed at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new vehicle will have to replace on the assembly line whole three Buick models: the ugly Rainier and Rendezvous SUVs, as well as the Terraza people hauler.

The front-wheel-drive Buick Enclave CX and Enclave CXL models will start at $32,790 and 34,990, and the all-wheel-drive CXL will set you back for at least $36,990.

2008 Buick Enclave crossover SUV (front view)

All three trims will be available with an only 275hp 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine, mated to a six-speed automatic so it seems to be right to assume that the Enclave will feature both slim and fuel-efficient driving experience. And it will also be quiet.

The seven-seater will come with an enormous list of standard equipment features, including Xenon HID headlamps with automatic headlamp control, heated outside mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, XM Satellite Radio and remote keyless entry.

List of safety features includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control. Of course, there will also be six standard air bags.

2008 Buick Enclave crossover SUV (side view)
2008 Buick Enclave crossover SUV (interior)
2008 Buick Enclave specification
Vehicle type: five-door, six-passenger luxury SUV
Wheelbase (in / mm): 119 / 3023
Length (in / mm): 202.3 / 5138
Width (in / mm): 79 / 2006
Height (in / mm): 71.1 / 1807
Track (in / mm): 68.2 / 1734 front; 69.2 / 1759 rear
Engine: 3.6L high-feature V-6 w/ DOHC, variable valve timing;
270 horsepower (201 kw)
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Suspension: MacPherson strut, front; independent, rear
Brakes: four-wheel disc w/ 4-piston Brembo calipers; ABS
Wheels: chrome-finished cast aluminum, 21-in
Tires: P265/50R21

Photos: GM/Buick

See also: 2007 GMC Acadia crossover SUV