Buick has made itself known in the Big Apple this year with the revealing of its refreshed big crossover, the Enclave, for the 2013 model year. Suburban moms around the country have awaited this moment.
So, what’s new with the 2013 Enclave? Plenty. The exterior’s new-found flared features, garnished with a new black chrome waterfall grille, and new LED daytime running head lamps and LED tail lamps that give the three-row crossover a modernized and monochromatic look. And yes, those are new aluminum wheels, with the 19-inch rims being standard and 20-inchers being an option. Behind those front wheels are new low-velocity dual-flow front struts to give the big crossover more desired handling skills.
The 288-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine engine and fuel economy ratings of the 2013 Enclave are left alone for the refresh — just like the 2013 GMC Acadia and 2013 Chevrolet Traverse updates — but a new Hydramtic six-speed automatic promises to channel the power more smoothly than ever before. Adding to the refinement is Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning method, developed for hushing unwanted noises attempting to enter the cabin from outside, which looks and feels much more upscale than before. There’s also the implementation of the industry’s first center airbag to prevent passengers from colliding with each other in the event of a crash.
The most noticeable features in the interior of the updated Enclave now features new ice blue ambient LED lighting around the dashboard, and a new center stack with a standard IntelliLink LCD display, tri-zone climate control, and capacitive touch controls. Satellite navigation is optional. Additionally, there will be four interior color combinations with complementing wood tones, including a new cocoa leather tone. Also appointed throughout the cabin are higher quality soft touch materials. What’s more, there are now eight-way power front driver and passenger seats with four-way adjustable head restraints.
The 2013 Buick Enclave goes on sale this fall.