Like all GM models, the 2021 Buick Enclave redesign is going to be postponed for the following season. Coronavirus caused a lot of troubles in the automotive industry and General Motors is not the only company that suffers. Nevertheless, the spy photos are unveiling big updates. On the other hand, not all details are known, since the prototype wears a lot of camouflage.
The size of the mid-size SUV stays the same and the vehicle will offer room for seven persons in a three-row layout. The 2021 Buick Enclave will find a spot between the luxury and standard segments. The price of the new model will start at $40,000. It is the most expensive Buick in the lineup. General Motors will also offer subcompact Encore and compact Envision with this badge.
We cannot find suitable rivals for this SUV. Premium models cost at least $5,000. Standard three-row SUVs with premium packages are around the price of the Enclave. Avenir is the high-end version and its MSRP is in the luxury waters.
2021 Buick Enclave Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Buick Enclave is a reliable 3.6-liter engine. A V6 can produce 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. It is not too efficient, since the powerplant consumes 21 mpg combined. A nine-speed automatic gearbox is a router and sends power to front wheels. Optionally, you can pick an all-wheel drive, which will cost extra money and 1 mile per gallon of fuel economy. The start/stop system is helping a bit. The base towing capacity is only 1,500 pounds. Properly equipped, maximum capability jumps to 5,000 lbs.
GM is working on the electrification of the lineup. Enspire is the concept which wears an electric powertrain. What’s more, the carmaker already introduced Cadillac Lyriq and Hummer electric truck. The company launched the slogan “Our electric future is now”, and the first models should be out as the 2022 year models. We’ll see if the Enspire architecture will bring something for the 2021 Buick Enclave. We expect to see at least a hybrid with an improved fuel economy. This is one of the biggest downsides of the GM and it needs to do something about the dominance of Ford and Toyota. For example, Highlander Hybrid is already at 35 mpg.
The new 2021 Buick Enclave will be updated for the upcoming season. Nevertheless, the release date is postponed and it will be probably out late this year. Even the launch as the 2022 YM is possible. However, the facelift will be there when the next Enclave appears. We already have a few clues about the SUV and more changes will be notable at front. Heavy camouflage is covering fascia, including grille and headlights. The rear end also wears panels, so changes are big there as well.
Spy photos of the interior are not available yet. Photographers couldn’t catch a good angle to give us clues about the cabin update. Looking at other vehicles, we can expect an overhaul. But, this is a premium model, so more advanced features will be available. A seven-seat layout is standard. Maximum cargo space could reach 100 cubic feet if the SUV gets bigger.
2021 Buick Enclave Avenir
The 2021 Buick Enclave Avenir is carrying the most options. It also costs the most. The sunroof is standard, as well as unique 20-inch wheels. Inside, we find leather upholstery and steering wheel features wooden details. The technology is also at the higher level with navigation and wireless charging as part of the package. The Enclave Avenir drops one seating space and comes with captain’s chairs in the middle row. All the upgrades will make the price go up to $55,000 after the facelift.
Expectations and Prices
The base price of the 2021 Buick Enclave will start around $40,000. That is the Preferred package with 18-inch wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated seats, and parking sensors. The mid-range offer is Essence and the SUV comes equipped with leather upholstery and more safety features, including lane-keep alert. A blind-spot monitor is also available. Premium model is already a luxurious version with ventilated buckets and heated steering wheel added compared to the previous edition. The MSRP will be around $50,000, $6k more than the Essence.
All-wheel drive will add about $4,000. A hybrid will also go up and start about $45,000. The all-electric model is also on the way, but its price will settle above all other models. We are still waiting to hear what is going on with the 2021 YM since the delay is very likely to happen.