Since ablution the second-generation Enclave for the 2018 archetypal year, Buick has offered a unique, twin-clutch all-wheel-drive (AWD) arrangement for the two range-topping trim levels (Premium and Avenir). Whereas the Essence archetypal offered a “traditional” all-wheel-drive setup, opting for AWD on the Premium and Avenir models upgraded the accouterments to a added avant-garde arrangement with a twin-clutch, auto-locking rear cogwheel (G99) that enables the agent to apart ascendancy torque to anniversary rear wheel, as bare based on alley conditions. Now, GM Authority has abstruse that the 2021 Buick Enclave will accompany the added avant-garde twin-clutch AWD arrangement to the Essence trim.
That agency that the “regular” AWD will be replaced by the added avant-garde arrangement on all 2021 Buick Enclave models that action all-wheel-drive, including Essence, Premium and Avenir. Meanwhile, the abject Preferred trim charcoal accessible alone in front-wheel-drive form.
All 2021 Buick Enclave models will abide actuality powered by the naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline agent (310 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque) akin to GM’s nine-speed automated transmission.
The added avant-garde AWD arrangement appearance a twin-clutch arbor with cyberbanking positraction, carrying above absorption and agent ascendancy in brutal active environments, such as wet, addled or albino conditions, by abbreviation torque to a caster area blooper is detected, and breach it to a caster with greater traction. The arrangement is additionally able of acceptable administration and cornering in dry-road conditions, accouterment added ascendancy about curves by sending torque to the alfresco caster that is experiencing added traction-enhancing bottomward force, instead of the central wheel.
The twin-clutch AWD arrangement has been gradually authoritative its way beyond a growing cardinal of GM crossovers, including the Buick Enclave and the all-new 2021 Buick Envision. Additionally, the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT4, XT5 and XT6 additionally affection the system, as do the Chevy Traverse and Blazer as a agency to differentiate higher-end models from bottom ones. Incidentally, the Enclave’s automated accompanying / belvedere acquaintance – the Traverse – loses the twin-clutch AWD arrangement absolutely for the 2021 archetypal year.
It’s additionally acquainted that GM was originally planning a mid-cycle brace for the 2021 Buick Enclave, but the COVID-19 communicable pushed the amend aback to the 2022 archetypal year (see added on the 2022 Buick Enclave).
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