2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition Attempts to Keep Things Fresh
Bronze Accents, More Standard Equipment Bundled in Package
Today, Buick announced a special version of the fullsize Enclave crossover, the Tuscan Edition. The big CUV attempts to capture a measure of Renaissance style in the form of additional bronze accents, applied to the grille and 20-inch wheels, while some additional standard content adds a little substance to the package.
Available in “Leather” and “Premium” trims, the Enclave Tuscan can be ordered in White Frost Tricoat, Dark Chocolate Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic, colors that help the bronze accents stand out a bit more. A heated, wood-trimmed steering wheel and Buick’s traditional ice-blue ambient lighting highlight cosmetic changes to the interior.
The Enclave Tuscan Leather gets equipped with heated, eight-way power front seats, Intellilink infotainment, Onstar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi, three-zone automatic HVAC, HID headlights, a power tailgate, and rear parking assist with a rear-view camera. The Tuscan Premium gets all of the above, with heated and ventilated seats and a power steering column replacing the less luxurious equipment on the Leather.
The Enclave is one of Buick’s bestselling models. In 2014, the company moved 62,300 Enclaves from dealer lots, its best year of sales since is debut as a 2008 model. While it shares its platform with the less expensive Chevrolet Traverse, the Enclave is positioned within the fullsize crossover segment as a premium offering, doing battle with vehicles like the Lincoln MKT, Acura MDX, and Infiniti QX60. Buick’s QuietTuning (laminated glass, special suspension tuning, additional door sealing) help limit noise and vibration, giving the Enclave a much more premium feel than its GMC and Chevrolet siblings.
While we can’t speak to the taste (or perhaps lack thereof) required to slap bronze accents on a vehicle manufactured after 1979, the Tuscan’s additional equipment over the already-luxurious Enclave makes a case for the special edition. Pricing will be released closer to the Tuscan’s on-sale date this summer, but if it follows the trend set by other General Motors special option packages, it’ll probably be a bargain.