Riding atop a 100.6-inch wheelbase, the Encore only spans 168.5 inches, making it smaller than the five-door Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which straddles a 104.8-inch wheelbase and spans 171.5 inches overall. The Encore's platform is based on Gamma II architecture, which is related to – but not identical – to the framework underneath the Chevrolet Sonic. Buick is making bold proclamations about the Encore being a pioneer in the premium subcompact crossover market, and as if to emphasize the point, General Motors compares the vehicle to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in its press materials – vehicles that aren't even sold in the U.S.
Like the Sonic, the Encore relies on the 1.4-liter turbo four backed by a Hydramatic six-speed automatic, and the powertrain is tuned to deliver 140 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet at 1,850 rpm. In typical Buick fashion, engineers have placed significant emphasis on a hushed interior, fitting an acoustic-laminated windshield and standard 18-inch "quiet-tuned" Continental tires along with active noise cancelling through the audio system – a Buick first.
It will be interesting to see where the Encore is priced when it hits dealers – the Verano sedan is currently Buick's least expensive offering at $23,470, but it's larger in size. For the full details, hit the jump for the official press blast.
All-new luxury crossover is versatile, efficient and continues brand's growth
DETROIT – Buick today introduced the all-new 2013 Encore – 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.
The Encore is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit through Jan.
22, and goes on sale in early 2013.
"Buick Encore is a great-looking, smart choice for those who want luxury crossover amenities
in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick
Marketing. "It represents a luxury alternative for a new audience of Buick customers, and
delivers features and flexibility not typically found in vehicles of its size today."
Buick models continue to gain in popularity, with two consecutive years of higher retail sales.
The Encore joins Verano – Buick's third all-new sedan in three years – to round out the brand's
lineup and continues the momentum established by the Enclave crossover almost five years
With room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters) of storage space with the rear seat
folded, the Encore offers substantial cargo capacity along with the confident, higher driving
position, all-wheel-drive capability and contemporary styling of a crossover. In fact, its cargo
space compares favorably against similar-sized international competitors:
Additional 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.
And because it's a Buick, QuietTuning is standard on the Encore, which also features Buick's
first use of active noise cancellation technology.
Contemporary design offers versatile spaciousness
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 Enclave.
"The Encore brings Buick's timeless, sculptural design to the crossover segment in a way that
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blends elegance, efficiency and utility," said David Lyon, executive director of design. "There's
confidence in its athletic stance and elemental beauty in its rich details."
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.
Inside, the 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.
More of the Encore's comfort and luxury features – standard and available – include:
• Remote vehicle start
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• Rainsense wipers
• Bose premium sound system
• Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
• Six-way, power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar adjustment and driver
Encore also features plenty of storage capacity and storage compartments. It offers 18.8 cubic
feet (533 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters)
with the rear seat folded. 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.
Nine exterior colors and three interior color combinations will be offered.
QuietTuning gets 'active'
QuietTuning is the process of defining Buick quality, sound and vibration characteristics and
designing and refining the vehicle following a three-point strategy of reducing sounds at their
source, blocking sounds from entering the cabin and absorbing any remaining sounds.
For the Encore, specific content was applied to achieve 40 sound benchmarks for refinement,
including Buick's first application of active noise cancellation. With it, ceiling-mounted
microphones detect engine noise, the frequencies of which are processed by a computer that
directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system's speakers and subwoofer.
Additional standard QuietTuning features include:
• Acoustically treated headliner with a tuned gap between it and the high-strength-steel roof panel
Sound-absorbing materials used in the cabin, under the hood and in the wheel house
HydraMatic 6T40 six-speed transmission with neutral gear disengagement
Quiet-tuned 18-inch Continental tires
Aero-optimized outside mirrors
Ultra-quiet engine alternator
Acoustic-laminated windshield and thicker 5mm side window glass
Foam baffle insulation at the opening of body structure cavities.
'One-tire' philosophy sharpens ride and handling characteristics
The new 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. This configuration also helps control the transfer of momentum, resulting in improved dynamic balance.
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. 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.
The 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.
Safety technology helps protect occupants
Encore is designed with technologies – including radar-based features – to help avoid crashes
and protect occupants in case one occurs. Technologies that help avoid them 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.
When it comes to occupant protection, the 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,
• Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
• Driver and front passenger knee air bags
• Front and rear thorax air bags (all outboard positions)
• Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Encore's suite of safety features is rounded out with exclusive OnStar technology, which
includes the Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.
Ecotec turbo engine drives efficiency
The Buick Encore is powered by an efficient, power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-
cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. It generates an estimated 140
horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm.
The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps it deliver a better driving experience and performance.
The 1.4L's turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and
greater packaging flexibility. A reinforced crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver
additional strength to support the engine's pressurized power and torque over a wide rpm band.
Several of the engine's features contribute to the Encore's overall fuel efficiency, including:
• A high-efficiency alternator
• Regulated voltage control
• Electronically controlled returnless fuel system
• Deceleration fuel cut-off.
They complement other vehicle-wide systems and components that also help improve
efficiency, including low-rolling-resistance tires, electric power steering, neutral idle feature and
A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission backs the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine. It is
part of a family of six-speed front and all-wheel drive transaxles developed for small cars and
crossovers. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis
as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This
design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush
zones and lower weight.
The Hydra-Matic 6T40 offers a "steep" first gear and a "tall" overdrive top gear to achieve a wide
ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows the Encore to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel
efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds. A neutral-gear disengagement
feature helps enhance smoothness and efficiency.
The Buick Encore will begin arriving at U.S. Buick dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful
personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers
with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan,
Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick
cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.