Buick Enclave

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The Buick Enclave is a full-size luxury crossover SUV launched in May 2007 as a 2008 model by the Buick division of General Motors. The Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Saturn Outlook all share the new GM Lambda platform. The Enclave was previewed at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, officially as a concept car, making it the first Lambda vehicle to be displayed. The Enclave is partially based on the Buick Centieme shown at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show.

The Enclave replaced both of Buick’s SUVs, the minivan-based Rendezvous, the truck-based Rainier, as well as the Terraza minivan. It has seating for seven passengers, with an optional second row bench seat instead of the standard two captain chairs which increases the seating to eight. The Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive with an option of all-wheel drive.

Like its Lambda siblings, the Enclave is powered by a 275 hp (205 kW) 3.6 L High Feature V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. For the 2009 model year it will receive a 3.6L V6 SIDI (direct injected) VVT with 286 hp (213 kW) and 255 ft·lbf (346 N·m). of torque (estimates) standard (also standard on other 2009 Lambdas). The Lambda vehicles are built at GM’s new Delta Township Assembly plant near Lansing, Michigan, and production of the Enclave commenced on April 11, 2007, with the first vehicles reaching certain dealers by the end of the month. The Enclave debuted with a starting price of $32,790. [1].

Initial sales of the Enclave have been very strong, with demand far exceeding production capacity, forcing GM to add a third shift to the Delta Township plant [2]. After the ratification of the new UAW labor contract, GM announced that this third shift would be phased out in order to limit the supply of the Acadia and Enclave.

Consumer Reports gave the Enclave a below-average durability rating in their 2008-2009 survey.


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