GM will ship out certain 2023 Buick Enclave units without underhood insulators due to a materials shortage, GM Authority has learned.
All 2023 Buick Enclave affected by this change will receive a window sticker with RPO code R8V, indicating it lacks under hood insulation. It’s currently unclear if buyers will receive monetary compensation for the absence of the insulation, or what the potential amount may be, however this feature is able to be retrofitted by the dealership at a later date.
As GM Authority noted previously, GM and other automakers have dealt with a shortage of semiconductor chips over the past year, however seat foam and other similar materials made using petroleum products have also been hard to come by. It’s worth noting that we do not know what the reasoning for this underhood insulation shortage is at the moment, however.
The 2023 model-year Buick Enclave introduces small changes and updates to the nameplate. For starters, the paint options list no longer includes the Quicksilver Metallic color, as GM Authority was the first to report, which will be replaced by a new hue called Moonstone Gray Metallic.
The crossover will continue with just one powerplant option: GM’s naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline, which is rated at 310 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm. The GM nine-speed automatic transmission pairs with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Under the body panels, the Buick Enclave rides on the GM C1 platform.
Production of the 2023 Buick Enclave began at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan on June 11th. The Lansing plant also produces the closely related Chevy Traverse three-row crossover, whose production also began on June 11th after GM delayed the scheduled start date by a week.