It seems sales are flat, and it should be outselling its competitors. The Lincoln Navigator is getting all sorts of attention and is getting a must have reputation, and the new Enclave could have been getting this type of reception. What's wrong? My thoughts:
1. while the 2018 model is superior to its predecessor, I miss the ambient blue lighting and the clock. Also, I can't put my finger on it, but the wheels seem cheaper in the new model.
2. I think GM damaged the Enclave name by keeping the old model for so long. Should have introduced a new model in 2014. The old style was around for ten model years. I know some people who leased two Enclaves back to back and then moved to another brand because they wanted something new. I think with three year leases so common, By year 7 in a car's cycle, you need a new model. If you leased a 2008 Enclave in the fall of 2007, then another in 2010, and a third in 2013, and fourth in 2016, that is the same model essentially 4 times. GM can't let that happen again. People get bored and want a change. They must offer something fresh even if it is new fascia or something.
3. The colors seem dull, and that light interior looks cheap and awful. No blue paint at all? What premium carmaker doesn't offer blue?
4. Options. Seems you have to pay much more to get safety things, and that shouldn't be the case.
5. Buick ventiports. Everybody has the style the 2018 Enclave has. Buick should go back to its roots and have distinctive chrome "portholes" The Lacrosse is a good example.
6. Rear styling is not distinctive.
7. Let's hope for a 2021 MCE some things are changed, but I would speed things up for 2020.