And that's despite a chip shortage.
Buick has been successfully targeting premium buyers for years now, luring away many from the likes of Acura and Infiniti. With Buick, these customers have rightly determined, they're getting more luxury for their money. Equally true, Buick is no longer viewed as an "old man's brand" with its sleek and sexy design language. Big sedans like Park Avenue are a thing of the past. That winning combination continues to be found in the 2022 Buick Enclave, first revealed earlier this year.
The updated three-row crossover features an overall sleek look with a larger grille, restyled headlights and taillights, resculpted front and rear bumpers, and new wheel designs.
According to updated information obtained by GM Authority, the 2022 Enclave will come standard with wireless charging in all three trims, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Not even new BMWs come with standard wireless charging. With the 2021 BMW X1 base model, for example, wireless charging costs an extra $500.
All the more impressive with the Enclave is that Buick didn't initially plan to have this feature because of the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage which, as we well know, has caused GM and other automakers to eliminate some systems like start/stop. The automaker must have secured a sufficient chip supply to make this possible.
Other standard items 2022 Enclave owners will enjoy are a new center console with a push-button shifter, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Under the hood, the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission remains unchanged. All-wheel drive is still optional.
We don't know when sales will commence but should begin fairly soon because we can confirm production gets underway this weekend at GM's Delta Lansing plant in Michigan. Pricing for the entry-level Essence trim begins at a very reasonable $42,800. To compare, the cheapest BMW X5 and X7 can't be had for anything less than $59,400 and $74,900, respectively.