The planned 2021 Buick Enclave refresh has been pushed back to 2022 due to complications brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Automotive News, GM is prioritizing new and completely redesigned vehicles amid the COVID-19 business pinch. For many refreshed models, the cost of the update has already been absorbed, whereas the new vehicles stand to lose much more by not launching on time. An analyst AN spoke to also said automakers “get more bang out of,” a completely new vehicle versus a refresh, helping to grab more attention and potentially get more foot traffic into dealerships.
The 2022 Buick Enclave is expected to feature redesigned front and rear fascias with new LED lighting. Prototypes were also spotted with two different exhaust treatments – one with the pipes tucked underneath the rear bumper, which will be standard on the base trim level, and dual trapezoid pipes, which will be standard on high-end trims like the Avenir.
The new Buick Enclave for China (above) is believed to feature some styling elements that will carry over to the refreshed U.S. spec model. While the Chinese model is a different vehicle, the U.S. model is expected to feature narrow LED headlights similar to the Chinese-spec vehicle, a similar grille and other comparable styling cues.
A number of GM vehicles have been pushed back as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker previously confirmed the planned 2021 Chevrolet Traverse refresh would arrive for the 2022 model year, while the Cadillac XT4 refresh has also been put on the back burner.