GM resolved the constraint on heated front seats (RPO code KA1), ventilated front seats (RPO KU9) and heated rear outboard seats (RPO KA6) for the 2022 Buick Enclave in February, allowing these features to return to the model’s order books in regular capacity. The automaker has now begun to retrofit these features in vehicles that were built without them before the constraint was resolved, GM Authority has learned, with affected vehicles set to be serviced through a customer satisfaction program.
Heated front seats are standard on the 2022 model-year Buick Enclave across all trim levels, including the entry-level Essence, mid-grade Premium and range-topping Avenir. The mid-grade Premium and range-topping Avenir models both come standard with ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats, as well. Neither ventilated front seats nor heated rear outboard seats can be equipped on the entry-level Essence trim.
GM was forced to pull some electronic features from certain models last year and earlier this year amid the semiconductor chip shortage. This allowed the automaker to maintain adequate production output of certain vehicles even if it lacked chips.
The Buick Enclave was not alone in being impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage. Other Buick models that were affected by these feature deletions include the Buick Encore GX and Buick Envision. A number of Chevy vehicles and GMC vehicles were also affected by similar changes.
The 2022 Buick Enclave rides on the GM C1 platform and is powered by GM’s naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine. Output from the V6 is rated at 310 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm, with power sent through GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. GM shifted to production of the 2023 model-year Buick Enclave at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan on June 11th, 2022. The closely related Chevy Traverse is also produced at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant.