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Old 08-02-2019, 06:31 AM   #1
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Default What’s The Deal With The Asymmetric Buick Enclave Front Fascia



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The Buick Enclave is a full-size, three-row crossover that – in a few words – is one fine vehicle. The 2020 Enclave brings with it a number of changes and improvements, including a new standard 8-inch touchscreen, standard massage seats for the Premium and Avenir models, and a few updates to the exterior to boot. However, there’s something strange about its front fascia, as some GM Authority readers have pointed out.

Specifically, the grille in the lower fascia of some second-gen Enclave models features three different panels, each with a different texture than the other. Trying to understand what this is all about started a debate amongst ourselves here in the GM Authority office.


Buick Enclave front fascia

Our first thought was that the reason for the three different grilles covers is that some of them house sensors for the crossover’s various active safety features. However, examining the 2020 Buick Enclave owner’s manual doesn’t mention the lower fascia as a spot to keep clean or free of obstructions in order to ensure proper operation of any driver assistance systems.



2020 Buick Enclave Owner Manual driver assist spots to clean
Another possibility, then, is aerodynamic functionality, with section 1 blocked off to reduce drag and funnel more air into section two to keep the radiator as chilly as possible, while the third section cools additional bits and pieces further back in the engine bay. However, this seems like a very strange way to handle aerodynamics, and it probably wouldn’t have that big of an effect on fuel economy figures, even over the long term.

There’s a third possibility here as well: future-proofing the lower fascia bumper design for some upcoming autonomous drive system. Basically, the idea here is that Buick designed the lower bumper with the intention of adding new sensors to it or behind it sometime down the road, which means it wouldn’t have to redesign the fascia when the time came to upgrade the onboard systems with some new feature. However, this also seems rather iffy, as automakers typically don’t make those kinds of changes until they need absolutely to.


2020 Buick Enclave Avenir Exterior 003


As it turns out, option number one was the right one: the asymmetric grille is specific to the range-topping Enclave Avenir models equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, with the design enabling the system’s visibility needs, Buick spokesperson Stuart Fowle explained to us. By comparison, an Enclave Avenir without Adaptive Cruise Control has a full mesh lower grille.

Makes sense to us, and it finally puts to rest the question various GM Authority readers have written in about on numerous occasions. Meanwhile, Enclave sales are through the roof and the full-size crossover is about to get better with a refresh / midcycle enhancement, in the near future.


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Old 08-03-2019, 03:05 PM   #2
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Im still completely shocked that Buick is still in business.
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Old 08-03-2019, 06:30 PM   #3
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I have always found it funny about the brands. Buick is owned by...Lincoln is owned by...Acura is owned by, Lexus, Pontiac, etc, etc. Always found it completely stupid.
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I have always found it funny about the brands. Buick is owned by...Lincoln is owned by...Acura is owned by, Lexus, Pontiac, etc, etc. Always found it completely stupid.
What's stupid about one company making two different brands to appeal to two different market segments?
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:27 AM   #5
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What's stupid about one company making two different brands to appeal to two different market segments?
What market segment does Buick appeal to?
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What market segment does Buick appeal to?
Buick exists for the Chinese market these days.
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:48 AM   #7
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Buick exists for the Chinese market these days.
And anyone wanting more luxury than a Chevrolet and less cost than a Cadillac. Yes, mostly China, but not exclusive.



Also the asymmetric grille is likely for fuel economy. Center opening gets air to part of the radiator. Driver's side opening is possibly for an oil cooler, trans cooler, or maybe the heat exchanger for the A/C. Passenger side opening wasn't necessary for cooling and blocking it off resulted in some aero improvement and better fuel economy.
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:54 AM   #8
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What market segment does Buick appeal to?
Buick appeals to older, money conscious (aka cheap) people. My grandparents have exclusively driven Buick's as long as I can remember, and if you've never been in one, they are freaking plush.

I actually saw a Regal Tour-X on the road the other day, it's smaller in person than the photos lead on, and it's actually an attractive car in person.

Buick is trying to re-brand/re-market themselves as of late towards a younger crowd.
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:57 AM   #9
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Buick appeals to older, money conscious (aka cheap) people. My grandparents have exclusively driven Buick's as long as I can remember, and if you've never been in one, they are freaking plush.

I actually saw a Regal Tour-X on the road the other day, it's smaller in person than the photos lead on, and it's actually an attractive car in person.

Buick is trying to re-brand/re-market themselves as of late towards a younger crowd.
This. People need to give them a chance. Personally I love the new front end design. I think it's sharp and more attractive than a lot of the luxury / semi-luxury brands out there. Interior quality isn't bad, but obviously not going to be the same as something twice the price. Vehicle dynamics are improving and in some models lean toward sporty. I think I've said it before...our AWD calibrator spent time in an autocross course dialing in the awd sport mode on the new Regal GS.
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No worries. No one will notice.
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There's a law in some regions that there needs to be a direct pass through from the horn to the outside of the car. Tons of cars have an asymmetric opening for this reason.
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People need to give them a chance.
Disagree.


Buicks are for arthritic golfers to drive to the cafeteria. Always have been. The new ones are styled nicely, but all the reviews remind us how they still drive like trash.
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Why is this "news"?


This is not new, it's actually fairly normal with all the extra coolers on cars. Nothing article is nothing.
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Did no one read the article?

The asymmetric grill is for adaptive cruise control sensors not cooling or horns
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