Buick introduced the all-new 2013 Encore crossover at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year.
The all-new front-wheel drive Encore is a luxury small crossover that delivers Buick’s signature style, interior acoustic refinement and collection of luxury amenities in a maneuverable, versatile and efficient package.
In keeping with the global design language that has come to symbolize the brand, the Encore’s sculpted and elegant styling traits – including sweeping character lines – make it instantly identifiable as a contemporary Buick.
Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels, similar to the larger Enclave.
Blue-accented projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps enhance the premium appearance; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard.
Seven-spoke chrome wheels are available.
Standard power for the new Buick crossover is generated by an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder engine bolted to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic powertrain.
For those that desire even better handling and control, all-wheel drive is an available option.
Tuned hydraulic engine mounts are tailored to the engine’s inherent torque axis to disrupt the transmission of vibration and noise. This configuration also helps control the transfer of momentum, resulting in improved dynamic balance.
The Encore is equipped with a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules.
The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Urethane spring isolators are used to dampen noise.
Inside the passenger cabin, Encore’s organic styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels.
A prominent central instrument panel houses the large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as available navigation and rear camera systems.
A contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented with ice blue ambient lighting, select use of bright trim and wood-grain trim.
Premium seats featuring high-density foam for greater comfort on long drives are trimmed with either a contemporary cloth/leatherette motif or available leather.
Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available. The rear seat features a fold-down armrest with cup holders.
Encore also features plenty of storage capacity and storage compartments. With the rear seat in place, there’s room for at least six full grocery bags and with the rear seat folded, there’s room for golf clubs and overnight bags for a weekend getaway.
Even the front passenger seat folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate long items that would not normally fit in a vehicle of this size.
Wheelbase: 100.6; overall length: 168.5; width: 69.9; height: 64.8
All vehicle measurements are in inches
Engine: 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder – 140 hp at 140 hp at 4,900 rpm and 148 lbs-ft of torque at 1,850 rpm
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Cargo capacity: 48.4 cubic feet