2012 Buick Enclave: CBS Blows an Embargo?

June 10, 2009
2012 Buick Enclave

2012 Buick Enclave

General Motors is pounding the airwaves with positive messages while it tries to discreetly machete its way through a Chapter 11 filing. Today's question--are they putting the 2012 Buick Enclave out there as a sex object, to distract from court proceedings with an old-fashioned lift of the kimono?

That's Jalopnik's guess, after they froze a frame of a CBS program that toured GM's design center with affable chief Ed Welburn. A clay model on display at Welburn's studios looks suspiciously Buick-like, down to the shield-shaped grille.

The clay model could very well be the 2012 Enclave, Jalopnik says. The timing is right, since the Enclave was new for 2007. And with a redesign coming roughly every five years, this new vehicle could be the next Enclave, built on a stretched version of the current crossover's "Lambda" platform.

The new version could grow in size to meet demands of the market in China, where Buick's a best-seller. And to our eyes, this clay model definitely adopts some of the flowing seven-seat lines of the 2010 Lincoln MKT.

We're sure GM has more future product details to trickle out over the next few months--stay tuned here as we patrol broadcast, dead-tree, social and other media for the latest.


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