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    Chinese Buick Enclave Previews U.S. Version

      ...Could these styling updates be coming to a dealer near you?...

    China is by far Buick's most important market. More than three quarters of all Buicks sold are sold in China.  To that end, it should be no surprise that China gets updated models before the U.S. and also get variants that never will see our shores. Even models that are dead in the US, like the Lacrosse and Verano, continue on selling well in China.

    The Buick Enclave is one example.  In the U.S. it is a full-size model, but in China it is downsized to a mid-size model approximately the size of the current GMC Acadia. Buick just debuted the new Enclave in China and while it is unlikely we'll see it over here, the U.S. model could get many of the same updates when it bows for 2021.

    Outside we see a revised front fascia with a new grill. The running lights have the familiar boomerang shape while the headlamps have moved lower into the bumper area.  A new grille insert is there with a wider horizontal slat that gives the Enclave more visual width.

    2020-Buick-Enclave China-interior.jpgThe inside is where the real story is at. Greatly updated, the infotainment system is seamlessly integrated into the dash and a new set of buttons takes the place of the Precision Control shifter. The console is the floating type with storage underneath. (Click image to enlarge)

    The Chinese Enclave is powered by GM's 2.0-liter turbocharged LSY engine making around 230 horsepower and coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission. 

    What do you think of the Chinese Buick Enclave and would you like to see these updates in the U.S. version?  Let us know in the comments below.


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    These GM SUVs need an overhaul, I just read a Car and Driver comparison where the Telluride scored 215 points, the Pallisade 213 and the Enclave 187.  The Kia/Hyundai really set the standard in the segment, then you get to the Mazda, Pilot and Highlander, then the lower half of the segment with Explorer, the Subaru, VW and GM SUVs.

    As far as this Enclave goes, I think the front end looks good except for the headlights, and I am not a fan of "floating roof" on any vehicle, reminds me of a Nissan and doesn't look expensive.  

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    It is true that the larger crossovers (such as the Enclave) could use a significant remodel.  But that leaves me with one question: How many Enclaves sell here in the USA vs. China?

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    12 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    It is true that the larger crossovers (such as the Enclave) could use a significant remodel.  But that leaves me with one question: How many Enclaves sell here in the USA vs. China?

    I'm not sure we can compare them directly since they are different vehicles. 

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    On 10/28/2019 at 3:30 PM, riviera74 said:

    ...without China, Buick is as dead as Oldsmobile.

    You mention this frequently. I disagree that it's that automatic.
    Lots of brands sell far fewer vehicles here and seldom / never get talked about with the sentiment 'hanging on by a thread' [which is frequently how these comments red to me]. Buick does not have to stand on it's own.

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    I think GM has already culled back the Buicks they weren't making a profit on in the US, with the exception of the Regal which they are contractually obliged to sell for a certain amount of time.  Buick will end up being an all crossover brand in the US and it will make money that way. It can easily stand on its own in that segment. 

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