China’s 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir Three-Row SUV Looks So Much Better Than Ours

Last month, GM teased the new Buick Enclave for China, a model designed especially for the world’s largest car market.

The design wasn’t exactly a secret given the patent photos released earlier this year but we now get to see official images for the first time. For its debut, the China-spec Buick Enclave got dressed in the range-topping Avenir trim.

While we wait for an official press release, it’s worth noting that China’s Enclave is built on the short-wheelbase version of GM’s C1 midsize and large luxury SUV architecture. The U.S.-spec Buick Enclave, on the other hand, is based on the long-wheelbase version of the same platform.

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Therefore, we should expect the Buick Enclave for China to be smaller than its American counterpart, albeit still big enough to offer seven seats as standard.

Think of the Chinese Buick Enclave as the posh version of the upcoming Chevrolet Blazer XL, another model designed with the Asian market in mind. The interior looks upscale enough in Avenir configuration and features a six-seat layout in these photos, with individual seats on the second row.

The 2020 Buick Enclave will offer a single engine choice in China, a 227 HP (230 PS) 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Base models will be front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive will be available as an option (likely standard on the Enclave Avenir).

According to Buick, the Enclave will pack “cutting-edge technology to meet the needs and wants of Chinese consumers,” including Quiet Tuning, advanced intelligent driving assist systems, and connectivity features. We’ll learn more when the automaker drops the press release.

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Photo credits: Buick via WheelsAge

  • Marc Gruben

    Is this the same platform as the Cadillac XT6?

    • donald seymour


  • Ben

    It does look good!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Better than the American market one for sure.
      Interesting times…

  • WalthamDan

    It looks as big as a Traverse. Nice design, but so is our version. Dash is a confusing mess of different shapes.


    Cadillac should be ashamed bringing out the XT6 when looking at this

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      One man’s take. I find the XT6 very handsome. It’s just everything else about the XT6 is awful.

      • LJ

        I’ve seen a few XT6’s in the wild now and they are by no means ugly, they just look pedestrian. There’s really nothing unique or premium about the design. It kind of looks like a ten year old Highlander.

        • MayTheBestCarWin05
          • MMMBRAP

            Are we really comparing a new Caddy design (which is bad) to a 10 year old Toyota design? That’s hardly even fair.

          • LJ

            I’d hope so. It’s a decade newer.

        • donald seymour

          PREACH BROTHA! Let the choir say amen! I seen it in the wild and was very underwhelmed by it.

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            agreed. Wasn’t blown away by it, but tell many just how many three row family movers truly WOW from a design perspective??

            Definitely the Lincoln Aviator, maybe the new Mercedes GLS…but outside of that? I cant think of any.

          • Ben

            The new Explorer doesn’t look bad. Just plagued with production/quality issues right now. The Durango can look good in the right trim and Mazda’s CX9 looks stylish too, but from what I read is let down by the engine. Telluride has grown on me and the upcoming Genesis SUV looks to be a handsome package.

          • MayTheBestCarWin05

            exactly my point…nothing you laid out here is a wow description. Bc there is only so much you can do with an inherently boxy design.

            and yes, the upcoming Genesis SUV looks like it has alot of promise…not a three row though…but still. Looks like it might be strong.

          • Ben

            Personally, I like SUVs that play into their ethos and are boxy. I own a 4Runner and love it because it doesn’t try to be a car. Its still body on frame, rugged and feels like a truck rather than a large hatch back.

        • MarketAndChurch

          I was originally one of the defenders of the XT6 because of its exterior looks. But after seeing the reviews on its interior, there’s no reason why anyone should buy one over a fully loaded Palisade.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Buick is a Chinese company, and only exists today because of China.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    That D pillar treatment is very unfortunate

  • LJ

    How will anyone in China afford this on their sweatshop salary?

    • charlotteharry57

      I agree. Somehow, guess it’s all the US spending, there are a ton of affluent Chinese these days.

    • Joe

      China is extremely unequal. Yes, there are millions in poverty, but there are also millions who are wealthy, hence it’s such a healthy market for supercars and luxury brands.

    • LJ

      I’d say those downvotes came from China, but the internet is blocked there.

  • charlotteharry57

    I parked next to a new (US, non-Avenir) one this morning and was completely unimpressed. Even the cool clock from the prior gen is gone.

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🍆💦

    Hello 2021 Chevry Traverse!

  • Yishay

    Inside perhaps but the outside of this vehicle is extremely generic looking

  • the headlights don’t line up with the chrome trim and DRLs… flip them horizontally and it would be almost perfect as far as designs go.

  • Six_Tymes

    damn… that is really nice, much better than the US model.


  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    love the proportions, way better than america’s acadia, traverse and enclave. Am I the only one who hates their weirdly long wheelbase and minivan-like proportions?

  • William rowe

    It’s very nice looking but the us version is not all that shabby either but I do agree of the 2, the china one looks best

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