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Buick Pre-Announces All New Enclave

Buick Pre-Announces All-New Enclave For End This Year

From: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/04/buick-pre-announces-all-new-enclave-for-end-this-year/#ixzz5mLbLSTnh

Buick has just announced that it will present an all-new Enclave later this year in China. “An all-new Enclave?”, you might ask. That’s right, an all-new Enclave… though not really an all-new Enclave. Let us explain.

Buick did not disclose any details of the new model, but we know that the all-new Enclave in question will not be the same second-generation, full-size crossover that has been on sale in North America since 2017. In fact, the full-size Buick Enclave currently on sale in North America is not and has never been sold in China. Instead, the new Enclave will be a new model that’s smaller than the current, full-size Enclave. Previously, we reported that the vehicle in question will be called Buick Envoy, but it now appears that this will not be the case – and that GM has elected to use the Enclave name for the model.

As we reported last year, the Buick Enclave destined for China will ride on the short version of the GM C1 platform. According to our sources, the upcoming utility is known internally within GM by the C1UB program code. It will share its core architectural makeup and overall dimensions with the new Cadillac XT6 and the upcoming three-row Chevy Blazer. That would make it not quite a midsize CUV, and not quite a full-size CUV. As such, we’ve termed it “midsize plus.”

We are certain that this model will be sold in China, becoming Buick’s largest utility in that market. Whether or not it will arrive in North America is currently unclear.

What’s more, the naming is somewhat curious. Our sources initially indicated that GM China was deciding between two names – Enclave and Envoy – for the upcoming midsize utility, and that they were leaning toward the latter. But this announcement confirms that Buick has opted to use the Enclave name.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Enclave moniker will be accompanied by another identifier, such as GX – which Buick started doing recently on the second-generation Encore. It introduced a more basic model of the subcompact CUV simply as the new Encore, as well as a slightly larger and more premium model called Encore GX. Since the GX moniker denotes a more premium and larger model, it’s possible that this midsize plus model will be called Enclave, while the larger, full-size Enclave sold in North America will be renamed to Enclave GX.

In the meantime, we believe that the Envoy and Enspire names could still be used on future Buick vehicles, especially for the model assigned program code E2UB – which would essentially be Buick’s version of the Cadillac XT4. We recently saw that model undergoing testing for the very first time.

In any case, Buick says that the new Enclave will complete the range of its utility vehicles, joining the new Encore, Encore GX and Envision in the Chinese market. In turn, the introduction of the new midsize CUV will improve the brand’s overall competitiveness in one of the most popular vehicle segments in the industry.

The all-new Enclave will be presented during the last quarter of 2019 in China, as the largest Buick utility that has been manufactured in that country. According to our sources, the new Enclave will be produced at the Jinqiao Cadillac plant starting in January 2020.

 

Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Spy Shots

From: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/spied-detailed-chevrolet-mid-engine-corvette-gallery/

Fresh Mid-Engine Chevrolet Corvette Photos Show New Details
By: Collin Woodard | Photography by: Brian Williams February 22, 2019

We’ve seen tons photos of mid-engine Corvette prototypes and pieces over the past couple of years, but the cars are almost always wearing heavy camouflage. Because of that, it’s been hard to make out many details. Today, though, one of our spy photographers sent us a huge gallery of one of the least-camouflaged C8 prototypes we’ve seen to date.

One of the first things that stands out is the prominent rear spoiler, which represents a departure from past prototypes we’ve seen. That could mean this version is some sort of high-performance model, or perhaps sports an optional aerodynamics package, but only those inside Chevy know for sure. There’s also something new mounted on the driver’s side of the hood, which is probably just a testing device, but we’re holding out for an external tachometer or boost gauge or a GM stock-price ticker. This example appears to wear the same five-spoke wheels we saw on a car testing on the Nürburgring last year.

Even though most of the car is disguised with little more than a wrap, Chevrolet made sure to keep the front and rear ends under much heavier camouflage. Looking more closely, it’s still a little hard to make out the shape of the headlights, but they do appear to be LED clusters with a turn signal closer to the wheels. Around back, you can also get a good idea of what the taillights will look like even though Chevy tried hard to cover them up. Interestingly, despite the Corvette going mid-engine, it looks like the taillights are very similar to the ones on the current C7. And we have to wonder if the rearview camera will be so prominent on the production version.

If you haven’t been following the mid-engine Corvette saga, here are the basics: The C8 will likely be more premium than the C7, judging by the interior photos we published in January, and features a unique center console with buttons arranged in single-file. We’ve also seen what is very likely the mid-engine Corvette’s key fob, which hints at a power retractable roof option. Engine choices are still unknown, but rumors have swirled of a carry-over engine serving for a year before giving way to a new dual-overhead-cam V-8 design, possibly involving forced induction. We expect the highly anticipated car to finally be unveiled at a special event in May of this year.

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2020 Buick Encore Spy Shots

From: https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1120716_2020-buick-encore-spy-shots

By: Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Buick’s pint-sized crossover, the Encore, is about to get a redesign and we’ve just spotted a prototype.

The prototype reveals that the redesigned Encore, just like the current generation, will be twinned with an Opel Mokka X to be sold overseas.

Opel’s redesigned Mokka X has already been spotted and is confirmed to go on sale in markets where the German brand operates in 2020. The redesigned Encore is expected in Buick showrooms late this year as a 2020 model.

With the popularity of the current Encore, which racked up 88,000 sales in the United States in 2017 and expected to have sold even better last year, Buick’s design team was always going to go with an evolutionary look for the new model, and that’s just what our spy shots suggest.

What isn’t so clear is what platform resides underneath. Opel is thought to be using the CMP small car platform of parent company PSA Group for the new Mokka X. It’s possible Buick will also use this platform under license or stick with a platform from the General Motors portfolio. A redesigned Chevrolet Trax related to the new Encore is also due for 2020.

The current Encore’s 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 is likely to carry over, and buyers should once again be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive. We could see the current model’s 6-speed auto swapped out for a 9-speed unit in the new model, though.

Also look for the new Encore to build on the current model’s abilities with new connectivity options and electronic driver aids. We’ll also likely see Buick launch an upmarket Avenir version this time around. Like Buick’s other Avenir models, the Encore Avenir should boast extra chrome detailing on the outside and better materials and seats inside.

Rival subcompact crossovers include the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, and the aforementioned Chevy Trax.