2013 Buick VeranoLooking to set itself apart in the mid-luxury segment, Buick is looking to introduce a diesel engine somewhere in its US lineup. And according to Edmunds, the two best chances of a diesel Buick rest with the Encore and Verano.

In both our First Drive and Review of the 2013 Encore, our chief complaint about the compact crossover was the the lack of power from the 138-horsepower turbo engine. Edmunds says that the recently introduced 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (with both gas and diesel variants) from the Encore's overseas cousin, the Opel Mokka, could make its way into the Encore delivering the much-needed boost in power.

Then there's the Verano. As a close relative to the Chevy Cruze, which just added a diesel engine for 2014, the article speculates that a Verano Diesel might actually be the more "probably candidate" if and when Buick decides to add a diesel model to its portfolio. Either way, offering such an engine in one of its products could be a great way for Buick to differentiate itself from Cadillac and possibly even attract buyers from Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz looking for a luxurious, fuel-efficient vehicle.


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      ChrisJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      "possibly even attract buyers from Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz looking for a luxurious, fuel-efficient vehicle" Sorry Jeffrey, that is so silly. A majority of people who are in an Audi or Mercedes aren't thinking of going to Buick if they want more Luxury or even fuel efficiency... No matter how European Buick tries to look with their design language. I've never heard a Mercedes owner say, "I love the car, I just wish it had more luxury, maybe I'll go to the GM dealer and see what Buick has got" Sounds silly doesn't it?
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      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they put 138 HP engine into that car and wonder why it is a failure, i am pretty sure Corolla has more power.
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        @Seal Rchin
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          ChaosphereIX
          • 1 Year Ago
          yep, not a failure at all. These are selling really well. I sell on average 2 a week.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        it is not a failure, they are rectifying the one complaint anyone had about the car: power.
          Semislicks
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          coming from an alfa fanboy... god, I find your comments priceless!
          ChaosphereIX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          what does the fast that I am a fan of Alfas have ANYTHING to do with a Buick Encore? And yes my comments are well informed and usually balanced. Thank you for the compliment...troll.
      ZOZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is may be the ugliest Buick of the history. I mean when seen in person yuo just say ughghghgh
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      My Verano Turbo and Encore already see almost 40 mpg per. No need for extra costs of the diesel.
      Sergio Alvarado
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Encore may be a great vehicle, but I have a tough time with a nearly $30,000 vehicle with only 138 horsepower. Isn't that around Focus/Elantra/Forte territory?
        b.rn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sergio Alvarado
        I too would have a tough time paying nearly $30,000 for a vehicle that lists for under $25,000 and has an even lower street price. Where do you shop?
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Made in S , Korea , drives like it was made in S China. When I got on it, the rods rattled like an older caddy 6. Made my 55k mi Terrain feel like a limo.
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        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @diffrunt
        Of course, if it were a Hyundai, I'm sure you'd be singing its praises (like a good little american).
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      This like a luxury dress from wallmart and not a real from Nordstrom,base on a cheap car,to weak to do a little of road,to small for real 4 passengers,even Acura don't let you see the CRV on the RDX and working close to a Mazda dealer the CX5 is way nicer and handles way better and for luxury then a BMW X1,great trade in value,nice turbo 4 and a real ultimated driving machine just like the Ad. said
      Semislicks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Americans should buy this Opel in massive quantities, so Opel can speed up its Manta Project (a small FR sportscar to rivial GT86 and BRZ)
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        @Semislicks
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          Semislicks
          • 1 Year Ago
          as long as its driver Im happy. although i would prefer Opel badge, cause if it comes as a Chevy than it has to have V8. there is no reason to buy american car if it doesnt have V8
      Netcub
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could do without those Nostrils too...
      the.fog
      • 1 Year Ago
      This Buick is just too innovative for most people to accept. "Oh NO! GM isn't supposed to be successful?!?!" If I were in the market, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. And that's coming from a 31 year old male.
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also take note Gm is kicking ass with the chevy version of this. I live in Colombia and see the Chevy Tracker everywhere in comparison to the Ford Ecosport. Great value and 138 hp with 6 speed auto is plenty of power to move a vehicle in the rest of the world. Usa so hung up with hp and yet how fast do you drive on the freeway, how about in city traffic? There are people surviving with 85hp in most of the world and a stickshift
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