Buick is gearing up for a significant overhaul of the Enclave, and a fresh set of spy shots has captured the full-size crossover during testing near General Motors’ Warren Tech Center in Michigan. Although camouflaged, the Enclave exhibits a more athletic and aggressive design, especially at the front, drawing inspiration from the Wildcat concept.
The Enclave’s new design features a prominent, long hood, slender daytime running lights, and a bold, squared-off front end, which is currently obscured by cladding but is expected to align with the design language seen in other recently launched Buick models.
While the rear-end details are less discernible in the spy photos, the presence of dual tailpipes emerging from beneath the bumper and partially visible stylized taillights suggests a tasteful and refined design. Additionally, the Enclave appears to sport a roof spoiler and potentially a full-width lighting element.
The spy shots also unveil the Enclave’s updated interior, which is receiving a substantial upgrade. Dominating the dashboard is a large, full-width curved display, reminiscent of the Electra E5’s cabin. The Enclave will also share its HVAC controls with the Electra E5, situated above the air vents in the images.
Notably, the spy shots reveal the inclusion of GM’s advanced Super Cruise technology. This system integrates a driver-monitoring camera on the steering column, enhancing the Enclave’s safety and autonomous driving features. Furthermore, the cabin showcases a new layout featuring a digital stalk-like shifter reminiscent of the one found in the Cadillac Lyriq.
Although details about the Enclave’s updated powertrain lineup remain unclear, the current model is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, producing 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It’s uncertain whether Buick will stick with this configuration or consider downsizing the powertrain with a turbocharged engine for the redesigned Enclave.
The Enclave received its last update for the 2022 model year, which brought fresh exterior styling and increased standard equipment. While the engine remained unchanged, there’s potential for an updated powertrain to accompany the redesign, enhancing performance and fuel efficiency.
Buick has yet to announce a specific timeline for the debut of the next-generation Enclave. However, it is anticipated that the new model will make its appearance sometime in the next year, likely as a 2025 model year offering. Buick initially introduced the Enclave in 2008 with seating for seven, and the second-generation model arrived a decade later. The upcoming redesign is expected to bring a host of new features and design improvements to this popular full-size crossover.