Featuring room for five and 48.4 cubic feet (1m732 liters) of storage space with the rear seat folded, the 2013 Buick Encore offers substantial cargo capacity along with higher driving position, all-wheel-drive capability and contemporary styling of a crossover.
The 2013 Encore features include 10 standard air bags and an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain, along with standard and available technologies such as Buick’s voice-activated IntelliLink – which uses Bluetooth or a USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a high-resolution, full-color seven-inch LCD display radio.
The Buick Encore design highlight include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels, similar to the 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. Nine exterior colors and three interior color combinations will be offered.
On the interior, the Buick 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.
The new Buick Encore is built on a global small-crossover platform and engineered with a “one-tire” philosophy. Everything is optimized around a single 18-inch tire specification, designed for more precise suspension tuning, driving refinement, quietness and a feeling of control.
The Encore’s 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,540 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a more confident-feeling driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quieter ride. Tuned engine, including two hydraulic mounts, are tailored to the engine’s inherent torque axis to disrupt the transmission of vibration and noise.
A MacPherson strut front suspension is used 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. The Buick Encore also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system. It contributes to a 36.7-foot (11.2 meters) turning diameter, while also saving fuel compared to an engine-driven power steering pump.
The 2013 Buick Encore is equipped with an array of safety technology that include: Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution, Cornering brake control and brake assist, Available all-wheel-drive system that seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling, Available forward collision alert and lane departure warning, Available front and rear park assist, Available rear vision camera.
The Buick Encore’s body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment. Sixty-three percent of the underbody structure is comprised of high-strength steels, while 57 percent of the upper body uses high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags.
The Buick Encore is powered by an efficient, power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces an estimated 140 hp (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm.
The Buick Encore will begin arriving at U.S. Buick dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.