After the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2013 GMC Acadia, GM introduced today its third three-row crossover, the 2013 Buick Enclave. The new Enclave promises to offer new styling, new safety technologies, in-vehicle connectivity and a more refined driving experience. The first visual impact with the car shows the new LED daytime running lamps, but this is not all as the vehicle also comes with LED taillamps in order to show a more sculpted exterior design.
Set to make its public debut this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the new 2013 Enclave will be offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, each powered by a direct-injected 3.6L V-6 and mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission that contribute to the more refined driving experience (Enclave is expected to deliver an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway - FWD models).
The engine delivers 288 hp and a maximum torque of 270 lb.-ft. or 366 Nm. Regarding the design, the 2013 Buick Enclave comes with a new front fascia with LED daytime running lamps, new headlamp design offered as standard with Xenon high-intensity discharge lamps (HID) and LED accent lighting (articulating headlamps are also available as an option), a new hood and black-chrome waterfall grille, new rear fascia deign with integrated exhaust outlets, new LED taillamps, monochromatic exterior appearance with chrome accents and new 19-inch and 20-inch aluminum wheel designs.
The interior was also updated and features new ice blue LED ambient lighting around the dash highlights Enclave's flowing lines, eight-way power front driver and passenger seats with four-way adjustable head restraints, four interior colors are available as well as a new "center stack" with standard IntelliLink LCD display, tri-zone climate system, capacitive touch controls and available navigation system.
According to GM, the IntelliLink system is standard on all Buick models and promises to enhance the driving experience with a higher level of wireless connectivity and customized options. The 2013 Buick Enclave is the first vehicle to offer industry's first front center airbag as standard. Other standard safety features include the StabiliTrak, traction control, panic brake assist, rear-vision camera system and seven total air bags.
The 2013 Buick Enclave boasts an interior that is defined by high-quality materials and luxurious amenities. It features changes supporting the integration of the Buick IntelliLink and creating a more contemporary feel. The new Enclave highlights the following improvements:
- 8-way power driver and front passenger seats with 4-way adjustable head restraints emphasizing seat comfort
- New ice-blue-colored LED ambient lighting on the dash, highlighting the car’s flowing lines and the spaciousness of its cabin
- Four available color combinations for its interior, complete with complementing wood tones, such as the new Cocoa leather combination
- Details like soft-touch materials, live stitching throughout the cabin, and true chrome accents
- Moreover, the Enclave has a new “center stack” with capacitive touch controls, IntelliLink LCD display, available navigation system, and tri-zone climate system.
According to Ven Lai, creative designer at Buick, new color combinations and rich saturated tones that are driven by the lifestyle of Buick customers enhance the Enclave’s sense of fashion. He said that one great example is the interior’s new Cocoa color scheme. This was specifically developed for the Enclave and adds more visual warmth, complemented by the softness of Nuance sandstone leather. Nuance sandstone leather is a material with the same characteristics as the leathers that are used in home furnishings. This particular interior color scheme makes the Enclave a rewarding and comfortable place you can enjoy on your daily commutes or on long weekend drives.
The Enclave’s new center stack has been developed for easy and intuitive interaction with Buick’s new IntelliLink system, together with redundant controls on its Mahogany-accented steering wheel. Additionally, the new controls for the tri-zone climate system are also designed to be more intuitive, with quicker, at-a-glance operation as well as bold digital temperature readouts. These new controls are also larger and are therefore easier to operate even if you are wearing gloves.