Buick doesn't have anything new to show in Detroit this year, but it's close to unveiling a long-awaited redesign for the Enclave. The Enclave is the oldest crossover in General Motors' vast portfolio, having debuted a full decade ago, back when people barely knew what a crossover was. (Many still don't, but they're buying a lot more of them nonetheless.)
Sure, the Enclave got a midcycle update a few years back, but this is how badly a total redo is needed: GM has been building the first-generation Enclave for longer than Apple has been selling iPhones.
Expect to see the new version of the Enclave within a few months, most likely at the New York auto show in April. Its expected arrival as a 2018 model follows last year's addition of the midsize Envision, expanding Buick's U.S. lineup to three crossovers that now account for nearly two-thirds of the brand's sales.
A redesign of the Regal sedan also is imminent. GM recently released photos and some details of the Opel and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, on which the Regal is based. The Insignia, up to 385 pounds lighter than the current version, suggests that the Regal will become slightly wider and lower, with a longer wheelbase.
Spy photos of an Insignia wagon being tested indicate that the Regal will have a wagon version as well, but probably not until 2018.
The rest of Buick's portfolio is already rather new. It gained the Cascada convertible and a redesigned LaCrosse sedan last year.
Buick recently announced a subbrand called Avenir, which will add high-end accents and materials to existing vehicles.
There are still no plans to put the Avista coupe concept into production, no matter how hard you beg. But Buick keeps trotting it out in new colors at various auto shows just to be a tease.