In April, Buick announced that it will reveal an all-new Enclave later this year in China. Everything was going according to plan until the new utility was just leaked by the Asian country’s authorities prior to Buick’s official debut planned for later this year. And now, GM Authority is exclusively bringing you the very first images of the new “midsize plus” Buick Enclave.
Before we get into it, let’s first note that this particular model will first become available China, where the current, full-size Enclave is not and has not been sold in the past. In China, this model will simply be called “Buick Enclave.”
It’s also worth noting that Buick now uses the Enclave name for two different vehicles – the full-size model sold in North America and this new “midsize-plus” model sold in China, which GM initially planned to name Buick Envoy. To keep things straight, we will refer to the new Chinese-market model simply as the “baby” Buick Enclave for this report.
As we reported previously, the “baby” Buick Enclave destined for China is known within GM by the C1UB program code. In that regard, the utility uses the regular-wheelbase, wide track version of the GM C1 platform. In fact, its 112.7-inch wheelbase is identical to the Chevrolet Blazer and the Cadillac XT6, both of which use the same variant of the C1 architecture.
|Baby Enclave||Full-Size Enclave|
|Length (in / mm):||196.1 / 4981||204.3 / 5190|
|Width (in / mm):||76.9 / 1953||78.8 / 2000|
|High (in / mm):||68.3 / 1736||69.9 / 1780|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||112.7 / 2863||120.9 / 3070|
The all-new baby Buick Enclave measures in at 196.1 inches long, 76.9 inches wide and 68.3 inches high. As such, the new model is 8.2 inches shorter than the current full-size Buick Enclave in both wheelbase and length. Its smaller size makes it more suitable for the Chinese market, where – as we mentioned above – Buick had previously not offered a three-row crossover.
Aesthetically, the new baby Buick Enclave presents a new interpretation of the brand’s design language. The front end features a two-level lighting configuration much like the new Chevrolet Blazer. The thin, eyebrow-shaped LED light strip at the top features daytime running lights (DRLs) and Buick’s signature accent lights. Meanwhile, the primary headlights – the ones responsible for providing the forward lighting illumination – are embedded lower in the front fascia. The new crossover also includes an evolution of the Buick grill, with “wings” growing from the logo and running horizontally to culminate just under the DRLs. There’ also a new interpretation of the horizontal slat finish for standard, non-Avenir trims.
The design of the side is more traditional, with a high waistline and soft strokes. Meanwhile, the rear end of the new baby Buick Enclave has a solid and refined look with a horizontal chrome strip that connects the thin lights. Like on the full-size Enclave, the logo is integrated in a unique fashion into the bottom of the rear glass. A set of dual exhaust outlets with trapezoidal tips is housed in the lower rear fascia.
Mechanically, the new Buick Enclave will be equipped exclusively with GM’s turbo-charged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine that generates a maximum of 233 horsepower. The eighth-generation Ecotec engine is coupled to the latest GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new baby Buick Enclave will become the largest Buick crossover in China. If it were to be made available in North America, then it would fill the gap between the compact Envision and the full-size Enclave, turning the Enclave nameplate into a “family” of models.
Now, it’s not currently clear whether the baby Enclave will be sold in North America. If that does happen, then we believe it would be manufactured in a GM plant within the North American region. Its arrival would likely result in Buick renaming the current, full-size Enclave the Enclave GX for its upcoming mid-cycle refresh for the 2021 model year.
In either case, we expect the new baby Buick Enclave to be officially revealed by the end of this year in China. The vehicle will be produced at the Cadillac Jinqiao plant in China and is directly related to three-row Chevrolet Blazer, which has yet to be revealed.