The Buick Encore has been a runaway hit for Buick, with sales of the subcompact crossover increasing 29 percent year-over-year in the first six months of 2015. And to keep things fresh, Buick has announced the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring alongside various other changes and updates to the 2016 Encore.
The 2016 Encore Sport Touring arrives with a few unique styling cues to differentiate the crossover’s looks from other Encores that include a winged spoiler, body-color door handles and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The bigger news is what sits under the hood of the 2016 Encore Sport Touring. GM has stuck its all-new, 1.4-liter Turbo I4 LE2 with start/stop technology that’s good for 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Buick says that power will be very noticeable when searching for more low, to mid-end grunt.
“Encore is a driving force behind Buick’s expansion and a catalyst for introducing a new generation of customers to the brand,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick. “The all-new Encore Sport Touring broadens that base, giving customers more choices – along with more performance, more technology and more efficiency.”
The 1.4-liter turbo isn’t just more powerful and more efficient; it’s quieter, too. The engine features an inverted-tooth design in the camshaft drivetrain for lower sound levels. The aluminum oil pan now features a lower, steel-stamped sump, while engine covers have been optimized to reduce unwanted noise.
The standard slew of features remain present, with the only options being all-wheel drive, a Bose premium audio system and moonroof.