Today, we bring you some real-world photos of the refreshed 2022 Buick Enclave as it was driving around in the wild. The new photos give us another detailed look at the revised exterior design of Buick’s biggest crossover, which received a midcycle refresh for the 2022 model year.
Buick unveiled the refreshed 2022 Enclave crossover back in June 2021. The fifth model year of the second generation full-size crossover debuted several new features, optional equipment, revised styling, new safety technologies, and exclusive features specific to the Avenir trim level.
For the 2022 model year, the Enclave dropped the Preferred trim level, which serves as the base trim of the 2021 Buick Enclave, thereby making Essence the new entry-level model. Positioned above the Essence is the Premium trim, followed by the range-topping Avenir. Incidentally, the Essence and Premium models are virtually indistinguishable from one another from an exterior design standpoint.
The model seen here is the 2022 Buick Enclave Essence in White Frost Tricoat, which is the most expensive paint color that adds $1,095 to the vehicle’s base price.
The refreshed, 2022 Enclave features a new front fascia design highlighted by a broad, shield-shaped grille with thin horizontal crossbars. The updated model also gets a set of thin upper LED daytime running lights (DRLs) that double as lighting signatures. The actual headlights are located lower within the front fascia. Finally, a new lower intake with a single horizontal bar complemented by an accented lower lip, finished in a gold-like Satin Nickel finish.
Aside from the side-looking elements of the updated front and rear ends, the side profile goes unchanged from the pre-refresh model. We can see the large daylight opening (DLO) and bright trim, along with the floating roofline treatment around at the top of the D-pillar. Much like in the front, the lower trim seen here features a Satin Nickel finish.
The rear of the refreshed crossover incorporates a new set of taillights that stretch from the rear fenders across the hatch thanks to a bright horizontal trim. Other than that, the rest of the rear end appears to be the same, down to the surface styling of the liftgate and dual exhaust. Note the continuation of the Satin Nichek trim here as well.
The refresh continues into the cabin, where the 2022 Buick Enclave gets a revised center console that mirrors the sleek styling of the exterior. Features here include a new push-button electronic transmission gear selector, an optional Rear Camera Mirror and rear pedestrian alert, an optional color head-up display, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The powertrain remains the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Output is harnessed by the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, which feeds the front wheels as standard. All-wheel drive is also available. The LFY remains the sole engine option for the 2022 Buick Enclave.
Originally set to debut for the 2021 model year, the refreshed Buick Enclave was pushed back to the 2022 model year as a result of delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. For North America, the model is built at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. However, the Enclave – which shares its C1 platform and production line with the Chevy Traverse – hasn’t been produced in months, sine the plant went dark back on July 19th. Luckily, Buick Enclave assembly came back online on October 4th, starting production of the 2022 model year. This should result in much more ample supply via improved availability at dealers, in turn causing an uptick in sales volume.