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Old 06-15-2006, 06:36 PM
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Beautiful! It's just like the concept.
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I have been contemplating investing in GM. I think I may looking at these new vehicles. THEY FINALLY GOT IT!!! HOLY SHIT GM!
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Beautiful! It's just like the concept.
Actually, no, the interior looks changed and the exterior is stripes.
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Looking good!
Don't screw this one up GM
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Originally Posted by heyitsme
Actually, no, the interior looks changed and the exterior is stripes.
Except for taking out the obvious showcar attributes (like the satchel-like bags behind each seat and dining trays), what's unlike the concept? All we can see is the upper dash, and it's look and design are very similar to the concept. I heard a rumor that the upper dash would actually get a swath of leather going across it for the production, as found in the concept. I can't tell if that's true or not from the pic. What do you mean by the exterior is stripes?
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Originally Posted by ludachrisvt
I have been contemplating investing in GM. I think I may looking at these new vehicles. THEY FINALLY GOT IT!!! HOLY SHIT GM!

eh, i wouldnt be too quick to say they finally 'got it'. they have years and years of experience in producing crap (pontiac, chevy) so it will take awhile before i'd say they 'got it'
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eh, i wouldnt be too quick to say they finally 'got it'. they have years and years of experience in producing crap (pontiac, chevy) so it will take awhile before i'd say they 'got it'
Yeah, but that's Chevy and Pontiac. Buick's quality has ranked high for years, even above Caddy in many cases, and right under Lexus. It's the interior/exterior design, etc., that has been crappy for so long. Now it seems, Buick's got a styling direction that will work.
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Originally Posted by SpeedyV6

Wow, that interior looks nice!
The Enclave Concept's interior/exterior is awesome. If it really makes it to production (it looks like it just might), Buick will have a world class lux crossover, IMO. I'd get that over the an of it's competition. If it doesn't make it looking like that, it'll be yet another GM disappointment. We need only look to GM's recent history of awesome concepts that turned into mediocre production vehicles... the G6 Concept / production car comes to mind. That said, more recently, the Aura production car is very, very close to the concept, so there's hope GM's finally seen the light.
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As far as the Aura goes, I'm not so sure. I'm praying the Aura Redline is what the concept was
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by titan
Yeah, but that's Chevy and Pontiac. Buick's quality has ranked high for years, even above Caddy in many cases, and right under Lexus. It's the interior/exterior design, etc., that has been crappy for so long. Now it seems, Buick's got a styling direction that will work.

he said GM so i assume he's talking about GM as a whole and not just Buick. i agree that Buick's quality is alot better than the other GM brands
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Originally Posted by Infamous425
he said GM so i assume he's talking about GM as a whole and not just Buick. i agree that Buick's quality is alot better than the other GM brands
For the past few years at least, Buick and Cadillac build quality, but they are still old man cars to me.
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Why do i care about a Buick?
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Originally Posted by phile
It's a concept, though. GM has some good interiors in their concept models. The Buick convertible concept had a nice interior, as well as the Caddy 16 concept.

I'm normally a fan of wood, but in the Enclave's concept interior, I think there is too much wood going on. But the rest of the interior is amazing.
The interior's fairly nice. The wood shouldn't encroach into the gauge cluster though. If they stopped it before there it would look far nicer.

This should be what Buick cars look like inside. The old people need something nicer to drive.

I'm shocked that they actually got the centre stack right. In every other GM vehicle that part looks like dated garbage, but not this time.
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Why do i care about a Buick?
You'll be old one day, too.
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Old 06-19-2006, 08:21 AM
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The Enclave's purpose is to bring to Buick's brand a new customer in terms of demographics. I think this is the first vehicle for them that will really appeal to a wide range of customers, going beyond the geriatric consumer base Buick's pandered to for years.
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Originally Posted by youngTL
The interior's fairly nice. The wood shouldn't encroach into the gauge cluster though. If they stopped it before there it would look far nicer.
I think it looks nice the way it is, reminds me of the Audi A8's gauge cluster.
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Originally Posted by titan
The Enclave's purpose is to bring to Buick's brand a new customer in terms of demographics. I think this is the first vehicle for them that will really appeal to a wide range of customers, going beyond the geriatric consumer base Buick's pandered to for years.
Wide range of customers? Would you buy it?
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:05 AM
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Wide range of customers? Would you buy it?
Hell yeah. I probably will buy it after about the first year. Around that time I'll be looking for a crossover. If the production is truly 99% of the concept and it's priced right, absolutely. I care about the product way more than if Buick hasn't changed it's perception of being the last geriatric brand if that's still the case in a few years. Sadly, it doesn'thave to be that way if GM treats them right... Look at how quickly Caddy turned around. An even faster example is Saturn, whose future is bright.
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Originally Posted by youngTL
Wide range of customers? Would you buy it?
Hell yeah. I probably will buy it after about the first year. Around that time I'll be looking for a crossover. If the production is truly 99% of the concept and it's priced right, absolutely. I'm hoping that the cocoa interior makes it to production also. I care about the product way more than if Buick hasn't changed it's perception of being the last geriatric brand if that's still the case in a few years. Sadly, it doesn'thave to be that way if GM treats them right... Look at how quickly Caddy turned around. An even faster example is Saturn, whose future is bright.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:51 AM
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Hell yeah.

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Old 07-18-2006, 05:34 PM
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The interior looks great. I'm happy they kept it largely true to the show car's.
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I sure hope it's nicer than the POS Rendezvous the rental car place gave me. This truck is a POS. It rides and handles like a wet sponge and it's interior is pretty junky... steering wheel controls suck, they are designed for people with HUGE hands and they are not comfortable to use. Interior plastic is nasty looking and horrible fitment. The A/C is horrible, the climate control sucks... The rearview mirror uses a *TWIST* level to turn the mirror to tinted. It feels like it's a $5 kids toy that's going to break every time you twist it. The radio is the standard GM A/C delco POS. The a pillar plastic looks like they used a chainsaw to trim it when they installed it, the plastic is FUBAR on the edges. The rubber seals around the windows are all out of whack. I could keep going... oh and this truck has a whopping 2k miles on it.

One nice thing is it's easy to get in and out of...


I'm sure I'll get one of these new buick trucks as a rental soon after they come out... I sure hope it's better...
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that leather seats look horrible
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Infamous425
that leather seats look horrible
Maybe it's the low quality of the camera, but ye it looks like vinyl.
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Buick Enclave takes aim at Acura, Lexus buyers - - By RICK KRANZ | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS - - Source: Autoweek

Buick's 2008 Enclave crossover is targeted at Acura MDX and Lexus RX 330 buyers.

While the Enclave will be larger, Buick's crossover will carry a "lower price than those vehicles," said Steve Shannon, Buick general manager. The Enclave will debut this week at the Los Angeles auto show.

The Enclave is one of three new mid-sized crossovers General Motors is developing on the automaker's new front-drive Lambda vehicle architecture. All-wheel drive is available. The vehicles can seat seven or eight, depending on seat configuration.

The 2007 Saturn Outlook and 2007 GMC Acadia precede the Buick version. Enclave sales are to begin in late spring. It has unique styling and does not share its greenhouse and exterior panels with the Saturn and GMC models.

"This class of vehicles, these Lambdas, are the biggest car-based (crossovers) out there. So to that extent, it is a little bit uncharted waters," said Shannon. "We will probably get more people out of vans than come out of mid-sized utes."

Shannon was interviewed at an Enclave preview earlier this month at GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich.

The Lambda-based crossovers have a long wheelbase for a mid-sized crossover - 118.9 inches. The wheelbase enhances second-row legroom. Power comes from GM's 3.6-liter V-6 engine, mated to the automaker's new six-speed automatic.

Shannon said the Lucerne and the Enclave are re-establishing Buick around several key fundamentals. Among them: quality, interior refinement and craftsmanship, technology that is powerful yet simple to use, and what Shannon says is an interior with "a library kind of quietness. Intense engineering is done to get us quiet tuning."

Shannon said the Enclave "has a gorgeous outside shape, is elegant, has a lot of jewelry. This is basically a luxury car that just happens to seat seven or eight."
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Buick says its new Enclave crossover vehicle will capture luxury-seeking buyers looking for sleek style in an eight-passenger package.

Buick calls the Enclave its first luxury crossover SUV. Before it, the brand offered a truck-based Rainier sport-ute, which shared its underpinnings with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and a Rendezvous crossover that shared underpinnings with the Pontiac Aztek. The new Enclave shares its mechanicals with the upcoming Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia.

When it arrives in showrooms in the summer the Enclave will be offered in two editions, CX and CXL. Both will be powered by GM's 3.6-liter V-6, a dual overhead-cam engine with variable valve timing, 275 horsepower, and 251 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission will be the only gearbox offered, while buyers will get a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

The Enclave's chassis consists of a unibody structure with independent suspension at all four corners. Steering is through a variable-effort, power rack-and-pinion setup, and the standard anti-lock brakes are assisted by stock 18-inch wheels and tires; 19-inchers and 20-inchers are available. With the proper equipment the Enclave can tow 4500 pounds.

Other standard safety features are stability control with rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitors, traction control, and six airbags including three-row curtain airbags.

Buick promises that the Enclave will offer world-class interior refinement and refinements, in a package larger than vehicles like the Lexus RX350, Audi Q7, and Acura MDX. With all but its front two seats folded down the Enclave has 116.2 cubic feet of cargo space -- more than any of those competitors, which all have less than 85 cubic feet of cargo space.

The traditional GM brand also says the Enclave's flexibility will be attractive to shoppers conditioned to upscale Acura and Lexus utes. The second-row seats in particular have been adapted for all sorts of people- and cargo-carrying duties. They flip and fold flat for cargo, and slide far forward to allow easier access to the adult-sized third-row seat, Buick claims. The second-row captain's chairs can be swapped for a bench seat for eight-passenger capacity; the seven-passenger version has a console between the second-row seats. All Enclaves have more than two-dozen storage cubbies throughout the vehicle for secure stowage.

Standard and optional features will include a rear backup camera; a power liftgate; touch-screen DVD navigation; Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist; power tilt and telescoping steering wheel; a Bose 5.1 ten-speaker surround sound system; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; a sunroof; XM satellite radio; and OnStar with Turn-By-Turn voice-activated navigation.

The Enclave goes on sale in the summer of 2007 as a 2008 model.

2008 Buick Enclave

Base price: $28,500 (est.)
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6, 275 hp/251 lb-ft

Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front- or all-wheel drive

Length x width x height: 201.8 x 79.0 x 72.2 in
Wheelbase: 118.9 in
Curb weight: 4780-4985 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): N/A

Major standard features: 18-inch wheels, high-intensity discharge headlamps; tire pressure monitors; OnStar

Safety features: Anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; dual front, side, and curtain airbags

Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles
Article from The Car Connection
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If this thing will look even better live, as most new offerings do, it will probably be the best (exterior) looking crossover in the market today. Which is pretty impressive considering its nameplate.
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Yup, this will sell like hotcakes......Buick deserves it for their effort.

Although, I would like to see a darker interior vs. what's shown (comparison wise).
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I will definitely consider this car...hope they have many std features with base 28K.
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Wow im impressed so far. Nice work Buick!

Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles

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Very nice! materials look great, design is nice.
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Originally Posted by gavriil
If this thing will look even better live, as most new offerings do, it will probably be the best (exterior) looking crossover in the market today. Which is pretty impressive considering its nameplate.
Agreed. I was worried that a watered down version would come to production, sans many of the features that made the concept special. As you alluded to, I think this will be a jaw dropper in person. Just from the pics, I'd say it's the best looking crossover period. My second pic would be the Audi Q7. If this doesn't spark interest in Buick (though they need to follow up with a proper remaining lineup ASAP), then nothing can save them.
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A+ to GM on the Enclave. If I had 40K lying around, I'd pick this over the MDX.
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