General Motors just provided a sneak peek of the refreshed 2022 Buick Enclave a few days ago, giving us an eyeful of the brand’s new seven-seater crossover SUV and what it had to offer in terms of exterior styling. Around back, we noticed that the new Enclave incorporates a styling element we’ve seen on a few other Buick models before, namely fake exhaust tips integrated with the rear bumper.
Looking closely at the rear end of the refreshed 2022 Buick Enclave, we find that the rear bumper comes with curves and angles that cut into the bumper just above the lower aero treatment. Outlined by prominent styling lines, the faux exhaust treatment is blocked off by black plastic, but the visual effect looks to mimic a set of exhaust tips integrated with the rear bumper.
Interestingly, we see a similar setup offered by the Buick Encore GX and 2021 Buick Envision, as GM Authority covered previously. Although both crossovers carry their own design cues, the rear bumpers on both models clearly have some form of fake exhaust treatments. While the look isn’t a perfect facsimile of what real integrated exhaust tips would look like, the design trend across the Buick brand is more or less clear.
With the actual exhaust tips tucked up underneath the vehicle, this design direction is likely more cost-effective than real integrated exhaust tips. It also works well with all-electric vehicles, although it’s debatable if it’s equally as appealing when used on an ICE-powered vehicle, although that’s really a matter of opinion.
With that in mind, the question is this – does the new faux exhaust design trend look good to your eye? We want to know what you think, so let us know by voting in the poll below, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Buick Enclave news, Buick Envision news, Buick Encore news, Buick news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.