The second-generation Buick Enclave debuted back in 2018, and because it competes in a segment that is popular and fast-changing, it is about due for a refresh. While there is no confirmation yet, we may see this updated look arrive as a part of the 2021 Enclave lineup.
The 2018 Enclave redesign brought in a more angular body with squinty wraparound LED headlights and taillights, a wider grille, tasteful chrome, and more. We expect the general design to carry on unchanged into the 2021 Enclave, but this new model may gain a handful of updated soft parts, including headlights, taillights, and grille. A quick look at the new-for-2020 Encore GX may offer a little inspiration.
Inside, the new-generation Enclave brought in a fresh-looking cabin that pushed this three-row crossover into a new level of luxury with a clean dash design that boasts a more flush-mounted infotainment screen, fewer buttons and knobs, tasteful wood accents, and more. It also introduced the new Avenir model that added premium materials and other goodies to compete with true luxury crossovers. We expect this cabin to remain mostly unchanged in the 2021 Enclave.
Powering the current Enclave is a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. We expect this powertrain to remain unchanged in the 2021 Enclave.
The current Enclave hasn't been through IIHS testing, but the NHTSA gave it an overall five-star rating. The Enclave lacks some key standard advanced safety gear, as it reserves standard automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, pedestrian braking, front and rear parking sensors, and lane-keep assist for the pricey Premier and Avenir trims – it's not even optional on the Preferred and Essence trims. The Enclave's only standard safety tech is blind-spot monitoring. The potential refresh may make some of these features standard on the 2021 Enclave, but it's doubtful.