When the Buick Enclave made its original debut in 2007, it introduced a new design direction for Buick. Likewise, the freshened 2013 Buick Enclave brings us a preview of a future design element for other models in the Buick lineup — a unique taillight technology.
For the 2013 Enclave, Buick developed an advanced industry-first exterior lighting technology that results in a unique LED taillight design featuring a soft, uniform red glow in a complex and unique shape. According to executive director of Buick Design Mark Adams, the new signature taillight design serves two overall purposes for Buick: the first is to offer a premium look, while the second is to offer a look that’s unique and unmistakable on the road.
Buick achieved the distinct glow by using the Uniform Lighting Lens technology from 3M, which — according to Buick — “uses a precision engineered micro-patterned, thermoformable polycarbonate material that provides even illumination around complex shapes with fewer LEDs”. The design results in a reduction in complexity as well as energy use.
The unique LED taillight design joins standard signature L-shaped LED daytime running lamps and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps as standard equipment on the 2013 Enclave. The headlamps produce a light that’s cleaner and brighter than halogen. Meanwhile, articulating headlamps that use small motors to rotate the light up to 15 degrees, depending on the curvature of the road, are optional.
The GM Authority Take
Carrying a starting price of just shy of $40,000 and combined with the very attractive interior ambient lighting elements, the Enclave is a beautiful luxury machine with first-class lighting technology that we expect to continue to do well in the marketplace.