2023 Buick Enclave Redesign, Refresh, & Changes. In the middle of Buick’s plan in releasing a smaller model of 2022 Buick Envision, they surprisingly revealed a new update for their upcoming 2023 Buick Enclave. The three row SUV would have a refreshed look– among other things. The ride can still accommodate 7 people within its spacious body, but it is quite obvious that they are taking many inspirations here and there– and it includes their inspiration for their newest compact and small crossover, the Envision.
What does it mean for Enclave, really? Well, the company’s flagship is going to be more stylish, more modern, and more handsome. The company hasn’t mentioned any detailed info about the technology, interior, and engine. Far, the only available info is only about the exterior design– and only a slight of it. It seems that they are probably going to release the information closer to the launch date.
Like most GM’s models for 2023, the company moved the premiere of the Buick Enclave as well. We will see it as 2023 YM, as well as the Chevy Traverse 7-seater SUV. The first postponed crossover was Chevy Equinox, that was supposed to come out already in 2020, and then the COVID-19 outburst happened. The 2023 Buick Enclave is also brining a big portion of changes, so it will be worthy of waiting instead of buying 2023 YM.
Test mules were on streets and it seemed like the new Enclave is about to debut soon. However, the production was delayed because of the pandemic so the fans have to wait for the 2023 Buick Enclave. According to prototypes, a lot of changes will be there for the first time after the second generation landed in 2018. The response from buyers was great and Enclave achieved more than expected sales. It is the premium SUB that is cheaper than most luxury SUV in the US. It offers less advanced features in the base model are not making it competitive to Lexus RX, or BMW X5, the price attract more buyers.
There are three trim levels everyone got used to them. Preferred, Essence and Premium are packages that were available since 2018. The most recent update brought the Avenir package. After the success, enthusiasts were asking about the availability of the same upgrade for other Buick crossovers. For now, this bundle remains exclusive for buyers of the Enclave SUV.
The Exterior Refreshment Work
As it was mentioned before, the company only mentioned a small part about 2023 Buick Enclave design. For a starter, the grille would be coming with a jewel-shape style that looks matching with wider stance. The SUV incorporates flowing body, especially on the sides, and it gets sleeker. It seems that not only the car has slimmer LED headlights, but it is also highly likely that the taillights come with similar arrangement. If that’s the case, then Enclave comes with similar treatment as Envision which gets a modernized treatment on the overall lighting department. It includes the standard LED within animated and sequential lighting.
The Interior Cabin
Despite the fact that Buick has provided some photos of the Enclave– and the car wasn’t covered at all– they didn’t release any image or photo for the interior cabin. We can only imagine and expect some things, but the official details would be coming soon.
The Transition Year
The company may have a huge success in Chinese auto market, they are struggling with North American market. In 2020 alone, they had undergone a transition year, which may go further to several years ahead. Buick had 8 models before (including several sedans) but they had to resize to only 4 SUV types, and the Enclave is one of them.
Many auto enthusiasts believe that Buick may not change the standard engine of the Enclave with its V6 engine with 3.6 liter capacity. It is always possible that the company may add another option with inline-four turbocharged engine with 2.0 liter capacity. It’s based on the fact that Caddy XT6 and GMC Acadia are offering such an engine, and Buick may adopt it. If Buick does adopt the engine, it may improve the fuel economy system and reduce Enclave’s price tag. For the trim levels, it is highly likely that they will offer the same one as the current one. It means that there would be 4 trims of Essence, Preferred, Premium, and Avenir.
2023 Buick Enclave Engines, Hybrid
One of the downsides of the Enclave SUV was the lack of engine choices. Well, a 3.6-liter V6 perfectly fits the mid-size vehicle and it is one of the most reliable powerplants in the class. Still, there would be more buyers if the 2023 Buick Enclave offers alternatives. There are a few theories about a smaller, turbocharged drivetrain and a hybrid configuration. Still, the company is not making anything official.
We can be sure that a V6 returns. For the 2023 Enclave, it is tuned to return 310 hp and 266 lb-ft. Just for an example, similar units by Toyota and Honda can’t reach 300 horsepower. Owners of Enclave can count on 5,000 pounds of towing capacity and all-wheel drive as the alternative to the FWD, the default setup.
One of the priorities for the next Enclave should be the hybrid setup. There are plenty of mid-size three-row SUVs with this kind of a drivetrain already. But, General Motors is failing to deliver an electrified support for the conventional petrol engine. The carmaker is ready for the new era in its history with a lot of EVs on the way. In 2023, we will already see Hummer truck and Chevy Bolt. It is also possible that Cadillac Lyriq will be launched before 2023. In China, we saw the Enspire concept, that was turned into Velite 7 station wagon in 2023. The same platform might be used for the electrification of the Enclave in the foreseeable future.
Packages, Interior, Avenir Model
Three standard trim levels will remain the same for the 2023 Buick Enclave. Preferred is the entry version with a pretty cool bundle of features. In a few months, we will learn what designers are preparing for the next edition. Be sure that 18-inch wheels are standard, as well as the LED lamps, heated front buckets, and parking sensors. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard all across the lineup, but GM is going to offer even more popular services, such as Amazon Alexa and similar.
If you want to make the SUV more comfortable, leather seats and upholstery are coming with the Essence model. The 2023 Buick Enclave will be a seven-seater by default, but the mid-range version will cut one seat by installing captain’s chairs in the middle row. After the redesign, the SUV is getting more cargo space. Currently, there are 97.6 cubic feet when second and third rows are folded. Blind-spot monitoring system is also added for improved safety.
Premium uses nearly every advanced system GM has in its offer. Well, there is still a room for improvements. A hybrid setup and potential EV model, we see the Super Cruise autonomous drive being added to the Enclave. Heating is added for the second row as well, while the front row is ventilated. Bose audio and navigation are standard premium options for the top of the line trim.
Still, there is something left for the 2023 Buick Enclave Avenir. Like before, this package is going to come with cosmetic upgrades that will make it more aggressive. A new set of wheels, sunroof, genuine leather, and the most advanced hi-tech gadgets will cost extra, but it will be worth of spending.
2023 Buick Enclave Release Date and Price
After the postponement, the 2023 Buick Enclave is going to be refreshed model. Even before the COVID-19 outburst, the company was ready to bring it as the 2023 YM. We will have to wait a bit more, and GM will introduce it this summer. Then, the full pricing list will be available. The MSRP probably goes up. Currently, the SUV will cost you at least $40,000.