2022 Buick Enclave Avenir, courtesy Buick Preessroom
A refresh scheduled for model year 2021 has just arrived. A new hood, front grille, lights (LED standard) and wheel designs. Exterior length is up by half an inch. On the inside a new steering wheel design and center console are the primary changes. Seat trim and seat filler has been changed to improve comfort.
A pedestrian warning system is now included with optional surround view. A heads-up display is new and standard on Premium and Avenir. It provides a readout on speed, gear and RPM in the driver’s line of sight.
2022 Buick Enclave Heads Up Display, courtesy Buick Pressroom
The Enclave Preferred is discontinued, leaving the Enclave Essence as the entry-level trim.
Forward collision warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front Ultrasonic Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, IntelliBeam auto high beam, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, heated steering wheel, and satellite radio are now all standard.
Adaptive cruise control is now optional on all models and standard on Avenir.
The cabin air filter is improved to remove fine dust particles.
The standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration into the infotainment system is now wireless; wireless inductive charging is now standard on all models.
Avenir now gets new Rainsense wipers, standard.
The original Encore sees its lineup diminished to one trim as the base model disappears, leaving only Encore Preferred. Last year the Sport Touring and Essence left.
An improvement under the hood, the 1.4 turbocharged 4-cylinder has been exchanged for an identically sized unit with direct fuel injection with 17 more horsepower (155) and 29 pound-feet more torque (177). These specifications may sound familiar, as this engine was optional in the Encore until model year 2020. Now it has replaced the base engine, mostly due to fuel mileage and emission requirements, as the direcct-injected engine is more efficient.
The backs of the two front seats now have map pockets. (What’s a “map?”)
The standard automatic temperature air conditioning is now fully automatic, including vent and fan controls.
Power tilt and telescoping wheel is discontinued, leaving manual controls, only.
Adaptive cruise control, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist and the adaptive adjustable damping suspension are now also available on Essence.
Models with the Sport Touring Package now have “ST” embroidered in the front seat headrests and floor mats, and new alloy metal pedals for brake and accelerator.
A new interior protection package includes all-weather floor mats and a cargo liner.
The optional air ionization system is no longer offered.