2017 Buick Enclave Redesign and Release
Even though the current model offers a modern exterior design and advanced technological features, the 2017 Buick Enclave will arrive as an all-new model. It is expected to make its debut in early 2016. Some sources suggest that its premiere might take place at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit. The 2017 Enclave SUV should hit the dealerships no later than the first quarter of 2017. In case it doesn’t get revealed in Detroit, the Chicago Auto Show will be the next likely occasion.
The Enclave is currently Buick’s second best-selling model, which makes the company’s decision to launch a redesigned model even stranger. What is more, it is one of several GM’s crossover SUVs that is underpinned by the Lambda platform. Besides the Enclave, the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse are the models share the same platform. The American automaker decided to replace the Lambda platform with the new Scalable Chi underpinnings, also known as the C1XX platform. All of these models will be redesigned simultaneously to arrive for the 2017 model year as the new-generation models.
2017 Buick Enclave Changes
Thanks to the new platform, the designers and engineers will be able to work with a wider range of configurations. It allows both short and long wheelbase variants of the vehicle. As for the 2017 Buick Enclave, it will be based on a long wheelbase platform. That means the upcoming version will still provide seven- or eight-seat configurations.
Apart from the new platform, the new-generation Enclave SUV will offer other innovations. The 2017 Enclave will feature a more modern design that should help it stay fresh and appealing to a larger customer base. However, the company mustn’t go too far with the redesign since the current model has established itself as the best-selling in the brand’s history.
The 2017 Buick Enclave will feature a host of premium materials and latest technologies. Buick’s models that have already undergone redesigns and enhancements will influence the upcoming Enclave to a large extent. We expect to see a more muscular exterior styling and a more aggressive stance. The 2017 model will definitely face a difficult task, and that is to surpass the 2014 sales figures of 62,000 units.
When it comes to new technologies and safety features, the new model is expected to bring substantial changes. The 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition brought a large number innovations and enhancements. Now, the 2017 Buick Enclave is expected to offer the same equipment as standard.
2017 Buick Enclave Specs and Price
The current model is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This mighty powerplant generates 288 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg (highway). The same unit will find its place under the hood of the 2017 Buick Enclave SUV. Rumor has it that Buick might even expand its engine range with a brand new unit. The entry-level models will come with FWD as standard, while AWD will be offered as an option. The base model is expected to stay in the same price range as the current one. In other words, the 2017 Buick Enclave should start around $39,000.