As we reported earlier this week, the all-new Buick Enclave crossover just debuted in China, bringing a new “midsize plus” premium utility entry to market. Not only does the new Chinese-spec Enclave introduce an expanded model cadence for the nameplate, but it also previews things to come for the upcoming U.S.-spec Enclave refresh.
With the facelifted Buick Enclave slated to drop for the 2021 model year here in the States, the recently unveiled Chinese Enclave looks to include a number of design elements that will probably carry over to the U.S.-spec model. It bears mentioning that while the styling seen here is a good candidate for the U.S. market, it’s unlikely the Chinese-spec midsize-plus Enclave itself will arrive on these shores alongside the full-size variant.
With that, let’s check out what’s in store for Buick Enclave buyers here in the U.S., starting with the exterior.
Up front, we find a restyled fascia design, which was previously revealed in a leak back in August. Highlights include a new grille insert, which features horizontal slats running the width of the crest-shaped intake. We also see a flatter dividing character line, which adds even more visual width to the Buick Enclave’s nose.
The new Enclave is also noteworthy for its refreshed headlamp design, which features boomerang-shaped daytime running lamps up top, plus horizontal matrix LED modules halfway down into the bumper sides, that latter of which will act as the Enclave’s primary forward illumination.
Moving into the cabin, we find further clues about the U.S.-spec Buick Enclave, starting with a reshaped dash design. This time around, the look is even more asymmetric, with the center console infotainment screen connected to the primary gauge cluster via a curving black surround.
The center console and HVAC vents are also new, as is the selection of buttons and knobs on the dash. Further details include a push-button shifter that looks similar to the application of the GM Electronic Precision Shift technology seen on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.