While North America has had a new Buick Enclave since 2018, the brand’s largest market is still waiting on an SUV with the Enclave badge to arrive. Buick is planning to launch a smaller SUV with the Enclave badge for the Chinese market, and it has leaked out ahead of its debut.
For China Buick is turning to General Motors’ short wheelbase C1 architecture, which underpins SUVs such as the Chevrolet Blazer, Cadillac XT6 and GMC Acadia. This architecture is shorter than the version utilized by the Enclave in North America and is considered a better option for the Chinese market.
Despite technically being a different vehicle than the one offered in North America, Buick China will leverage the Enclave name for this SUV.
China’s Enclave will offer three rows of seating, just like the North American version. It will also be powered by GM’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, according to a Chinese government website. Production of the Enclave will commence sometime in 2020 at one of Shanghai GM’s assembly plants in the country.
As noted from the photos, the Chinese Enclave has the same overall design as the larger Enclave found stateside. One notable difference is a more aggressive front fascia design that seems to blend in better with the new Encore GX. It is unclear if Buick will leverage the Chinese version’s face on an upcoming refresh of the North American car.
What is also unclear is if this SUV will ultimately arrive in North America. There is speculation Buick is working on a midsize crossover to slot between the Envision and Enclave in North America, of which this new Chinese Enclave would certainly fit the bill.
If Buick decides to add this new SUV to its North American lineup it will have to select a new name and find a production venue to build it.