- Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
- IntelliLink includes SiriusXM Tune Select and text-to-voice features
- Dual charge-only USB ports at the rear of the centre console
2014 BUICK ENCLAVE ADDS SAFETY, INFOTAINTAINMENT FEATURES
Buick’s award-winning Enclave is the cornerstone of the brand’s renaissance, which has reintroduced Buick to a new generation of luxury customers.
The 2014 Buick Enclave builds on design, safety and infotainment technology changes introduced on the ’13 model. New features include camera-based Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, along with SiriusXM Tune Select and text-to-voice features added to Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system’s capabilities. Also, a pair of USB ports has been added to the rear of the centre console to charge phones and other electronic devices.
Enclave is designed to comfortably accommodate three rows of adults and provides more third-row-seat leg room than the Infiniti JX, Acura MDX, Lincoln MKT, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. It is offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, with trim levels including Convenience (1SD), Leather (1SL) and Premium (1SN). All models are powered by an efficient, direct-injected 3.6L V-6 with a consumption rating of 8.4L/100km highway (FWD models) and a six-speed automatic transmission that contributes to efficiency and the Enclave’s smooth driving experience.
Enclave also features the industry’s first front centre side-impact air bag system that helps protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes. Available on every 2014 MY Buick, the new Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning features contribute to safety by alerting the driver to potential crash situations, which can give him or her additional time to react and possibly avoid them.
Sculpted exterior design
The Enclave is instantly recognizable as a modern Buick, with sculpted styling and signature elements – including a black-chrome waterfall grille – complemented by technologically advanced features, including signature wing-shape LED lighting. Monochromatic paint schemes accented with chrome contribute to the luxury crossover’s premium appearance, along with large 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheel designs.
At the front, LED daytime running lamps and accent lamps give the Enclave a strong presence on the road. Blue translucent rings around the standard Xenon HID headlamps are Buick design cues found on other models, adding distinction across the brand’s lineup. Articulating headlamps are available.
A chrome finish within the rear fascia frames the exhaust outlets, for an integrated appearance that exemplifies Buick’s attention to detail. LED-accented taillamps give the vehicle a distinctive signature at the rear that reflects Buick’s elegance.
Exterior colour choices include: Quicksilver Metallic, White Opal, Cyber Grey Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Mocha Bronze Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic and Iridium Metallic.
Harmonious interior environment
The Enclave’s interior is defined by luxurious amenities and high-quality materials, along with the intuitive technology of Buick IntelliLink. Rich, saturated tones and contemporary colour combinations reflect Buick customers’ lifestyles and enhance Enclave’s sense of fashion. An exclusive cocoa interior colour, for example, offers a higher degree of visual warmth. It is complemented by the soft feel of Nuance sandstone leather, which has characteristics similar to leathers used in premium home furnishings.
Interior highlights also include:
Enclave offers three rows of seating, available in seven- or eight-passenger configurations. The second-row seats feature the popular SmartSlide system. With the pull of a single handle, SmartSlide allows easier entry to the third row.
There are 660 litres (23.3 cubic feet) of cargo space behind the third row and a maximum of 3,263 litres (115.2 cubic feet) of cargo space available behind the front row of seats. That’s more than the Infiniti JX, Lincoln MKT, Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90.
Buick’s signature QuietTuning engineering process, which uses laminated glass and extensive sound blocking and absorbing materials, makes Enclave’s cabin quieter than a Lexus RX350.
IntelliLink and infotainment details
Buick’s IntelliLink colour touch radio is standard on all models and enhances the driving experience with a higher level of wireless connectivity and customized options – all while building on the safety and security of OnStar.
IntelliLink is intuitive and easy to use, and includes the capability of setting up a “home page” for favourites. It integrates online services such as Stitcher SmartRadio™ using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled smartphones. This builds on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability offered in other Buick models.
New for 2014 is text message support and XM Tune Select. With text message support, the driver is alerted to new messages and can view and respond to them (functionality depends on the smartphone). XM Tune Select enables the user to create alerts for favorite songs or artists (available only with Navigation models).
IntelliLink is standard on the Enclave, including those with the available navigation system and DVD capability. The IntelliLink screen also serves as the display for the standard rearview camera system. A premium 10-speaker Bose audio system is available and is optimized for the Enclave’s refined interior acoustics.
For passenger entertainment, a rear-seat entertainment system is available. It includes a remote control, overhead display, two sets of two-channel wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video input jacks and a 110-volt power outlet.
Efficient, smooth driving experience
Enclave is driven by a technically advanced 3.6L V-6, with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Direct injection helps the engine produce power comparable to a V-8 – SAE-certified 288 horsepower (215 Nm) and 270 lb.-ft. of torque (366 Nm) – with good efficiency. Fuel consumption rating estimates of 12.7L/100km city and 8.4L/100km highway for front-wheel-drive models are.
The strong V-6 engine also enables Enclave to tow up to 2,045kg (4,500 pounds) when properly equipped, and it can be flat-towed in both FWD and AWD configurations. The available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention; the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction.
Enclave has a long 3,021mm (118.9-inch) wheelbase, with a wide 1,709mm (67.3-inch) front track and 1,704 mm (67.1-inch) rear track – a combination that enables smooth, stable ride and handling characteristics. Additional chassis and suspension features include:
The 2014 Enclave includes the industry’s first standard front centre side-impact air bag. It was developed to help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger, delivering a more comprehensive occupant restraint system. No other air bag in passenger vehicles today offers this type of protection in the front seat.
Standard safety features also include StabiliTrak, traction control, Panic Brake Assist, Rear Vision Camera, Rear Park Assists and a total of seven air bags – including head-curtain side air bags covering outboard occupants in all three passenger rows.
A number of camera- and radar-based safety features are offered on Enclave. They monitor areas around the vehicle and provide alerts to assist the driver in avoiding collisions. Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are radar-based, while new Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning System are camera-based. Forward Collision Alert detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her extra time to stop and/or change course. With Side Blind Zone Alert, the driver is alerted to vehicles in the blind sport during a lane-change or merging manoeuvre.
Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on Enclave. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.
OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. An opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.
More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.ca.
About Buick in Canada
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan and highly anticipated all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan. Buick is the fastest growing major brand in North America and remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.ca.
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