The company’s flagship crossover has been one of the most important SUV models in the past decade, mainly because of great popularity on the Chinese market but the current generation does pretty well in North America as well. Still, it looks like the company wants to improve position on the market, as the testing model has been spotted recently. It looks like the 2021 Buick Enclave is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh and count on several interesting updates.
There is no doubt that most of the changes will come in terms of the styling, as the testing model wears a lot of camouflage. However, we could also see a couple of changes on the inside as well. On the other side, things under the hood, as well as most of the mechanics are about to remain the same. We expect to see the new model sometime in the third quarter of the next year.
2021 Buick Enclave Styling
This is the segment that is expected to receive most changes if we can rely on spy shots. The testing model wears a lot of camouflage. Of course, most of the covered parts are at the front. There you can see that the company is preparing novelties in terms of headlights, grille and bumper, as well as revisions on parts like hood and fenders. The rear end should come with novelties too. We can see that the test mule wears covered rear bumper, taillights and more.
On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the 2021 Buick Enclave is expected to remain untouched. This crossover has most things in common with Chevy Traverse, not just in terms of mechanics, but in terms of dimensions as well. Both models ride on a familiar C1 architecture and feature nearly 121 inches in wheelbase, which ensures a pretty comfortable interior.
On the inside, the current model looks pretty luxurious. Most of the cabin is made of quality materials and the Enclave definitely can keep the pace with many premium crossovers. Still, a couple of areas feature lower-grade materials, so we may see improvements in these aspects.
When it comes to interior space and overall comfort, this is one of the best models in the class. The ride is smooth, while a long 120.9-inch wheelbase ensures plenty of legroom. In this aspect, the 2021 Buick Enclave will remain one of the segment-leaders, as even the third row is adult-friendly.
The same thing goes for the cargo area. You can count on about 23.6 cubic feet behind the third row. The overall cargo volume goes all-away up to 97.6 cubic feet. These are some of the best ratings in the class.
This is also the aspect where we could see interesting novelties. The current model is already pretty strong in this aspect, but there is always room for improvement. In the 2020 model year, all models come standard with things like an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, and Siri Eyes Free. The list may be expanded and some of the potential candidates are navigation, wireless charging etc.
On the other side, things aren’t that great in terms of safety features. Base models come with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors only. Still, there is a long list of available features, which includes lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, low-speed forward automatic emergency braking, high-speed emergency braking, a rear camera mirror, a surround-view parking camera system, a following distance indicator, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights etc.
2021 Buick Enclave Engines
Numerous changes are about to come with the 2021 Buick Enclave, but the powertrain department is about to remain untouched. Therefore, you may count on a familiar 3.6-liter V6, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to front wheels. All-wheel drive is also available.
The overall driving experience is pretty good. The ride is smooth, while dynamics are more than decent. Also, fuel economy is quite decent. You may count on about 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That’s pretty much average for the class.
2021 Buick Enclave Release Date and Price
Given the long list of expected novelties, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Buick Enclave will hit the market earlier than usual. Most likely, that will be the third quarter of the next year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes. The current model starts at around 40.000 dollars. Range-topping models can easily go over 56.000 dollars.