General Motors will be introducing a reskinned Buick Enclave this week. This is one of three full-sized GM crossovers that are scheduled to receive midcycle makeovers for the 2013 model year. Just a few days ago, GM unveiled a reskinned Chevrolet Traverse that had a restyled front end, sportier taillights, a better interior and additional safety features.
Buick officials say that the Enclave is instrumental for the revival of the brand after having been nearly put to rest during the 2009 restructuring of GM. It’s likely to receive many of the same improvements.
The 2013 GMC Acadia got wraparound rear glass, a better transmission and interior improvements. These crossovers share GM’s Lambda platform, which started production in late 2006 and had been initially used for the Acadia and Saturn Outlook.
GM said that as the vehicles aged, their sales continued to increase. Last year, Acadia sales climbed 16% to 79,288, driven by the introduction of a high-end Denali version.
Buick sold 58,392 Enclaves, about 5% higher than the year before and within 100 units of the LaCrosse, which is the brand’s volume leader. Sales of the Traverse sales were practically flat at 107,131 units. Chevrolet marketing boss Chris Perry was asked to comment on the Traverse and he said that they could certainly “do better.”
In 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named every Buick model as a Top Safety Pick. This proves how committed the company is in manufacturing cars with an emphasis on safety. The 2013 Buick Enclave is a representation of the brand’s target. In fact, one of its standard features is the front center airbag.
All 2013 Enclave models have the front center air bag, which is purposely built to protect the drivers and the front passengers in far-side impact crashes. It deploys from the driver seat’s inboard side and positions between the driver and the front passenger, thereby providing a complete occupant restraint system. None of the current passenger models offer this kind of protection in the front seat. Not yet at least.
The standard safety features are impeccable. They include the traction control, StabiliTrak, panic brake assist, the rear-vision camera system, and a total of seven air bags. The Enclave also has the head-curtain side air bag that covers the outboard occupants in all three passenger rows. Additional safety features include the size blind zone alert and the rear cross traffic alert. They rely on radar to watch the spots that might not be seen by the driver. On top of that, it also provides visible and audible warnings that are very helpful in preventing collisions.
Aside from the safety features, the comfort and convenience of the riders are also a priority. It has a power liftgate and a remote start. It comes with a six-month complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections Service including an automatic crash response, roadside assistance, turn-by-turn navigation, remote door unlocking, and emergency services link.
The MyBuick Mobile App with OnStart RemoteLink provides connectivity to the Enclave from outside the car. It also has extended locking and unlocking capability and extended remote start functionality.