The Revamped 2017 Buick Encore Is Back… for Another Encore
Buick has rolled into the New York Auto Show this year with the revised 2017 Buick Encore, bringing with it a series of revisions to America’s most popular small SUV. But don’t think for a second the company replaced the Encore altogether, as it’s only a “facelift,” mirroring the design of its German counterpart the Opel Mokka.
On the mechanical front, the Encore draws power from the same 138hp and 148 lb-ft 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, while the 2016 Encore Sport Touring Edition’s more powerful 1.4L Turbo delivers 153hp and 177 lb-ft.
Other exterior changes include reshaped headlights, widened fog-lights, more sculpting on the front bumper, and chrome exhaust outlets. Designers revamped the front end to better harmonize with Buick’s latest design language, centering around a new waterfall grille design with wing shape elements flanking the brand’s new tri-color shield. There are also new headlamps – full LEDs on top-spec models. The taillights are new too, the exhaust tips are now chromed, the door mirrors color-keyed to the bodywork, and of course it all rides on a new 18-inch wheel design.
The updates continue inside, where you’ll find new trim, new gauges, and an eight-inch color touchscreen display to run the IntelliLink system that now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as OnStar4G LTE with on-board wifi. Buyers will be able to choose between five trim levels and between front- or all-wheel drive. There are three new exterior paint choices as well.
Subtle though they may be, these updates ought to keep the Encore at the top of its game for another few years to come.
The Encore has only been on the market for three years now, but already stands as the brand’s top seller. It was Buick’s best-selling model in North America last year (it’s also sold in Mexico and China), accounting for nearly a third of overall sales. Last year the Encore alone accounted for nearly one in every three vehicles Buick sold, and has risen 34 percent so far this year as well.
The refreshed Encore is scheduled to go on sale this fall. The launch is particularly important for Buick as SUVs and crossovers continue to gain popularity. SUV sales accounted for 60 percent of Buick’s 2015 US sales including the larger Buick Enclave – up from 34 percent in 2007. This summer, GM will begin selling a new Chinese-made compact Buick Envision SUV in the United States alongside the new 2017 Encore.
Look for the fresh 2017 Buick Encore at Arnie Bauer this fall!