2013 Buick Enclave gets first major facelift since 2007 debut

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Buick's top sellers in 2011 were the LaCrosse sedan and Enclave crossover. (Photo Credit: Public Domain/Phil Racicot/Wikipedia)

The 2013 Buick Enclave was recently revealed ahead of the 2012 New York International Auto Show, reports the Detroit Free Press. The automotive press has noted that the mid-size crossover, which is Buick’s second-best selling model vehicle, has received its most significant facelift since it made its debut in 2007.

Advancing an award-winning design

The 2013 Buick Enclave draws upon the already award-winning design of previous Enclave models. The mid-sized crossover SUV is one of three General Motors vehicles produced at the Lansing Delta Township factory in Michigan. The new Enclave is expected to go on sale this fall in the U.S.

“The 2013 Enclave advances the award-winning design, craftsmanship and technology that reintroduced Buick to a new generation of customers,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of marketing for Buick and GMC.

Taking a closer look at the Enclave

Numerous new features stand out in the 2013 Buick Enclave. An all-new hood sits atop a black-chrome waterfall grille, notes the Free Press. New headlight design, rear fascia, chrome exhaust, tail lights and wheels contribute to the the shine of the exterior makeover.

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It’s apparent that Buick is focusing attention on the LCD infotainment system, as most automakers are doing today. The center stack unit includes an IntelliLink LCD display system that enables the user to adjust the three-zone climate control, navigation system, rear-view security camera, 10-speaker Bose sound system or any of a variety of social media applications.

Safety from the center

In addition to the comfort and infotainment features offered from the center unit, the Enclave will also feature center airbags between driver and passenger seats. This will be a standard feature in all trim packages of the Enclave, and General Motors will also use it in the 2013 GMC Acadia and 2013 Chevrolet Traverse. In the event of a collision, the airbag will inflate from the inboard side of the driver’s seat, positioning itself between driver and front passenger.

On the heels of the LaCrosse

With 48,292 Enclave sales last year in the U.S., which was a 5.4 percent increase when compared with 2010, Buick nearly saw its mid-size crossover drive ahead of its flagship mid-size sedan, the Buick LaCrosse. The LaCrosse only sold about 200 more units than the Enclave in 2011.

“We evolved the interior and exterior design, increased luxury amenities and materials, and engineered purposeful technologies that will make the Enclave continue to resonate with luxury crossover owners,” said DiSalle via a written statement.

Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia spy shots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxBEVylBJgY

Sources

AOL Autoblog

Car and Driver

Detroit Free Press

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