2017 Buick Encore Gets a Facelift and Breaks Sales Records
By now, you probably already know about the Buick Encore’s huge following in Europe. Based on the Opel Mokka, the Encore picked up steam overseas before making a splash in the US market in 2013. Today, the Encore is Buick’s top-selling model. Of course, you don’t become the most desired Buick in America for no reason, and the 2017 Buick Encore model is filled to the brim with all of the features that have made this vehicle one of the most highly in-demand cars in the world.
The 2017 Buick Encore comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission to create 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle turns all that power into exceptional fuel economy with stellar ratings of 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway with front-wheel drive or 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. For those of you who want to put a little more pep in your Encore’s step, a version of the vehicle is available with a variable valve timing that adds another 15 hp to the car’s overall score for as little as $900 extra.
Outside, the 2017 Buick Encore sets itself apart from other crossover competitors with a truly classic design that taps into modern sensibilities for an edgy flair. The newly refreshed Buick features new front and rear fascia designs, new headlights and taillights with LED signature lighting, a new hood and new front fenders. Drivers can choose from the Encore’s typical range of gorgeous exterior colors, although the River Rock Metallic color has been removed from production in favor of the much cooler Coppertino Metallic color.
Inside, the Encore’s ultra-quiet cabin is outfitted with a 4.2-inch color driver information center in the instrument panel and an 8-inch color touchscreen interface for Buick’s InteliLink. Passengers can utilize the InteliLink system via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to access their favorite music and apps. Drivers can even use the system to place hands-free phone calls or send out text messages.
The 2017 Buick Encore also comes standard with push-button start and a proximity key. But out of all the vehicle’s tech upgrades, perhaps the most useful is the inclusion of OnStar Guidance, a system that allows drivers to push a button on the touchscreen or rearview mirror to be quickly connected to a live operator who can help with navigation, roadside assistance and more.
So far, Buick Encore deliveries in the United States have increased over 12% since 2016, breaking sales records each month of the year so far. With demand so high, you don’t want to miss your opportunity to scoop up one of these incredible crossovers before they’re gone.