The 2013 Buick Encore is set to appear for the first time at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, but the Tri-Shield is giving us a sneak-peek via its Facebook page. We've already seen a close-up of a very attractive-looking headlamp, and Buick also unveiled one quarter of a water-front image.

Now Team Buick is unveiling a second panel, which shows the entire greenhouse plus a good portion of the side body panels. The Encore looks to be about the same size as the Chevrolet Equinox, but we don't see a single panel shared with the BowTie-badged CUV. We still don't have the first hint of any vehicle specs, but that should change as we get closer to the crossover's January 10th reveal date.


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      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must say...Buick doesn't have a bad car in it's fleet these days. About two years ago all they had was the Enclave and two old dinosaurs. Now they have the Lacrosse, Regal, Verano, and soon the Encore, all of which are competitive products. That's a pretty remarkable swing.
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      The rear end is surprisingly reminiscent of a Toyota Matrix, at least from this angle.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Synthono
        I was thinking the exact same thing. Pontiac Vibe-ish.
      jasdroe
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's an Opel, not a re-bodied Equinox. Don't get how the AB guys who post these things don't see such obvious stuff... http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-i-believe-i-asked-for-a-small-mokka-edition/
      Jason Golden
      • 3 Years Ago
      I particularly dislike the shape and contours of the beltline & greenhouse. The "upswept & pinched look" recalls a cutesy-cheapness which I immediately associate with the Mazda2 and Suzuki SX4.
        BB79826
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason Golden
        That's funny, because the SX4's beltline/greenhouse is one of the most flat and level of any car on the road today. Not sure what you're thinking of. But I agree it looks quite Asian.
      Rob Ascough
      • 3 Years Ago
      First, this does NOT appear to be Equinox-sized... the rear of the vehicle is way too short. Second, I hope this shuts up all the clowns who were so convinced this was going to be a rebadged Saturn Vue because of the photo depicting the side mirror. This should be a little smaller than the Equinox and Terrain. The majority of Buick dealerships sell either Chevy or GMC vehicles so why add another one to confuse customers? The Encore appears to going after a different part of the small CUV market and that's probably a good thing. And yes, it stands the chance to be another winner for Buick.
        z28ssx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob Ascough
        I don't see how it would confuse customers. This is much smaller than the GMC Terrain or the Buick Enclave.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this the new corsa based opel micro-suv?
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Like others have posted already, this is a rebadged Opel which is really not a bad thing because there aren't any other versions of that crossovers in the US lineup. In fact with the way that crossovers are getting bigger and bigger, I really think a small crossover would be a very good thing for Buick. I know of at least 2 people that want a small crossover, but don't want to buy a RAV4 or CRV (both of which have grown in size over the years). Something like this could possibly be perfect for them if the price is right.
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      These pre-car show teasers are about as new and exciting as a flash mob. It's time to just bring the cars to the show and admit your junk is getting leaked to the web by your employees and suppliers. And Buick forcing fender 'vents' onto every product they sell is getting out of hand. The fact that every automaker (save possibly the Germans) is forcing fender 'vents' onto every car they sell is also getting tiresome.
      z28ssx
      • 3 Years Ago
      This vehicle is smaller than the Equinox. Think VW Tiguan sized.
      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a rebadged version of a new small Opel crossover utilising the Gamma II platform with the next-gen Opel Corsa - so essentially B-segment. It will compete head-on with Ford's new Fiesta-based crossover due in the next few months. In other words, this is a size segment smaller than the likes of the Ford Kuga/Escape and Renault Koleos.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Rob Ascough
        • 3 Years Ago
        Did Buick run over your puppy? Or are you just a blind, uninformed moron?
          Rob Ascough
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob Ascough
          Yes, the UAW told me to say that Buick ran over your puppy, You sound like an idiot... or maybe are an idiot, I really don't know or care. Buick has done a fine job of replacing one of the worst lines of cars sold by any manufacturer with one of the best. The LaCrosse competes against entry-level luxury sedans, the Regal is a nice alternative to near-luxury sports sedans, the Enclave is about as nice as anything in the luxury CUV segment and I have a feeling the Verano is going to carve out a niche that other brands will soon be scrambling to chase... same with the Encore, which I'm sure will lead to a wave of small luxury CUVs in another few years. I can understand being critical, but none of what you say makes any sense whatsoever.
        AlphaGnome
        • 3 Years Ago
        Let me guess... you fall under category C?
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        While all of your points are retarded, point G really takes the cake. So buying an American vehicle is RACIST against Asian people? You're really too much. Besides, if you didn't already reveal that you're simply Fried_Rice posting under a new screen name, that pretty much proves it.
          AlphaGnome
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Wanting to support one's country, does NOT necessarily make one racist. Try again, Captain.
          mchlrus1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          That's not necessarily racist. Maybe they're not shortsighted like you who think our country can run when people are buying foreign made products. You wonder why there are less jobs? The money "profit" made by Buick stays right here and is spent on various goods that keep the economy running. Yes I own two foreign cars: TL and FJ but I also have have two American cars also, which I bought new... and a Harley V Rod. But the point is, maybe they're just trying to help the economy. You would think someone would buy this if the are racist. You just as prejudice as them, simply because you made a generalization. Way To Go You Hypocrite.
          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          I meant point E. My mistake.
        reattadudes
        • 3 Years Ago
        let's see....you making a judgment about a vehicle that you've only seen snippets of, but you "know". I'll be buying one of these as soon as they are available for order. let's head down your ridiculous list of "who'll buy its": a) I'm in my 50s, not 80s. b) "people who have no taste" (again all based on snippets of photos), well, let's look at "D" for this answer. c) owned a new car dealer for decades, and have been in auto related businesses my entire life. d) here is the contents of my garage that this "appliance" will be sharing: -2012 FIAT 500 -2011 Buick Lacrosse. -2010 Dodge Viper convertible -2008 Nissan Titan pickup -2007 Cadillac DTS -2006 Dodge Ram pickup -1991 Cadillac deVille touring sedan -1990 4 door Avanti -1990 Buick Reatta convertible -I've owned over 200 brand new cars. e) well, it looks like the Nissan blows your "racists" thing out the window. interesting. you're a lover of all things Japanese, yet a hater of "appliances". would you then classify that new silver Toyota Camry with the silver painted plastic hub caps as "sporty"? do all those contradictions swimming around in your brain make your head hurt? f) have you ever looked at many Buick owners? I'd expect to see many with a "NIXON'S THE ONE!" bumper sticker on the back of their Buick. of course, many of us don't fit into that mold, and just appreciate a fine premium vehicle, regardless of their political affiliation. g) I always find this an interesting comment. it seems that no cars are supposed to go into rental fleets. if that's the case, should the rental companies just shut their doors, or should their vehicle fleets only be populated with those silver Camrys with the silver painted plastic hub caps? do you know how many people rent a car they are thinking about buying? I know you're a marketing genius and all, but let me give you a little clue about why this vehicle appeals to me. GM discontinued the Buick Rendezvous in 2007. it's replacement was supposed to be the Enclave, but a lot of folks, in spite of how nice the Enclave was, were put off by it's size and price. used Rendezvous are almost impossible to find, and clean low mileage examples command ridiculously high prices, if they can be found at all. the Encore will be priced and sized like the Rendezvous. I know you sent in those drawings into GM design with the drag slicks and side pipes on a Lucerne for consideration, but they were rejected. you were duly upset. maybe when you graduate from high school in a few years, you can try to get into design school. GM has been doing a great job in the styling department, and I think GM marketing may just have a little better grip on the pulse of what the market demands that you do.
        Avinash Machado
        • 3 Years Ago
        Is trolling your full time job or part time job?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Avinash Machado
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        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        I honestly don't think you're old enough to rent a car.
          AlphaGnome
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          But, Captain, your example is precisely how all your comments have been... Incredibly ignorant, full of misspelled words, and unable to form a complete thought.. Oh, and where's the punctuation? Must not of made it to that lesson in school yet. Don't worry though, it's not difficult once you get the hang of it, Bucko!
          mchlrus1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Well done, shut this ignorant turd up.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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        Rob Ascough
        • 3 Years Ago
        Avis would be wise to avoid you.
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