China’s 2020 Buick Enclave Seven-Seat SUV Teased, Is Smaller Than U.S. Model

The Envision was the first SUV Buick imported from China to the U.S. and we know it won’t be the last as the all-new Encore GX will also make the trip across the Pacific next year.

Bucking the trend is the Buick Enclave SUV, unveiled in 2017 in the United States as an all-new 2018 model. We now learn that China will also get the Enclave later this year with seven seats as standard.

The thing is the China-spec Enclave will only have the name in common with the U.S. model. While Buick says the Chinese-spec Enclave will be based on GM’s C1 midsize and large luxury SUV architecture, it will use the short-wheelbase version of that platform instead of the long-wheelbase version that underpins America’s Enclave.

Also read: Buick’s Working On A New Crossover To Slot Between The Envision And Enclave

Patent photo of China-spec 2020 Buick Enclave

Therefore, the China-spec Buick Enclave will have more in common with the upcoming Chevy Blazer XL seven-seater than the U.S.-spec Enclave. Think of it as a more upscale version of the Blazer XL. The fact that it’s a different model will be reflected in the Chinese Enclave’s design as well. While it will share design cues with the larger U.S. model, it will feature distinct front and rear ends.

In the teaser image, we can see the rear end of the SUV which features different LED taillights with a new signature, as well as a straight chrome strip that unites them – on the U.S. model the trim is curved as it meets the lights). Buick does not show more of the SUV’s design but patent photos released in China earlier this year revealed a radically different front end with split headlights and a distinct bumper.

Patent photo of China-spec 2020 Buick Enclave

The 2020 Buick Enclave for China will feature a single engine choice, GM’s 230 HP (233 PS) 2.0-liter turbo-four mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. We can also spot an AWD badge in the teaser photo but the system will be optional.

Buick says China’s Enclave will feature “cutting-edge technology to meet the needs and wants of Chinese consumers,” including top-of-the-line Quiet Tuning technology, as well as advanced intelligent driving assist and connectivity systems.

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  • Marc Gruben

    From the proportions and description, it looks and sounds like it’s based on the Cadillac XT6 platform

    • Ryan

      It is, which is a shorter version of the platform that the Traverse and Enclave use and a longer version than the Blazer and XT5. The Acadia fits in there somewhere too, though I think it’s on a longer, narrower version than the Blazer and XT5.

  • Robert Eller

    Take out the third row, give it some body cladding like the Regal TourX and call it the Enclave TourX or lower it and call it the Road Master.

  • krusshall

    The Encore GX will be coming from GM Korea, not China as this article alludes.

  • caddy45

    This should have been the US Enspire.

  • DM

    It looks rather generic. You could slap a Chevy badge on it and no one would bat an eye. Within their current portfolio of brands, GMC is competing with Chevy trucks and Cadillac can´t shine because of Buick. That being said, I think GM should kill the Chevrolet brand and focus on GMC with full size trucks, and use Buick to market crossovers and sedans, since Buicks are nothing more than Chevy products with extra chrome. Only then Cadillac will be truly able to differentiate itself from the “lesser” GM brands.

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