While both the looks of the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia have aged fairly well, rejuvenation in their product lifecycle is needed, as the Acadia has been virtually unchanged since its launch in 2006, and the same for the Enclave minus a few months. And if we had to point out the things that needed to change first, it would have to be the level on interior refinement, transmission, and engine variety. Our crystal ball tells us that our wishes will come true for the 2013 model year.
Gathering from the spy photos on Motor Trend, we see that the Acadia retains its muscular shape, while the Enclave’s grille grows a bit. The Enclave also seems to be taking a crisper design from what we gather with the guise. As for the interior, we’re expecting the Intellilink infotainment system, along with some higher-quality materials more fitting the the Buick and GMC brands.
Under the hood we expect more changes, such as more power from its 3.6-liter V6 engine, which produces only 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque in these applications. And don’t rule out the possibility of a 2.0-liter turbo for the sake of fuel efficiency. We expect an updated six-speed automatic transmission, as well.
If you’re waiting for the complete overhaul, it’s going to be a few more years.