Buick calls the Encore “America’s most popular small SUV” with good reasoning. The brand made a gamble by being the first to introduce such a vehicle in the United States. Guess what? It’s become a real competitive advantage to have such a lead.
As Encore sales continue to surprise, the brand has revealed the first refresh for the sub-compact crossover to take the stage at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The 2017 Buick Encore becomes the fourth product to be introduced this year, alongside the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, 2016 Buick Envision and 2016 Buick Cascada.
The latest surrounding the 2017 Encore lay buried in new features, technology and a fresh look that wears Buick’s new corporate fascia. Falling in line with Buick’s “sculptural beauty” motif, the design features elegant line work with new, angular LED headlamps. The rear also receives a nip-tuck with LED taillamps, too. The winged grille and red, white and blue tri-shield also bring the Encore up to speed with the latest from Buick.
Rounding out the new looks of the exterior are a new 18-inch wheel design, a chrome exhaust outlet, body-color heated side mirrors and three new exterior colors: Black Cherry Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic and White Frost Metallic.
“Sporting cues first shown on the award-winning Avenir and Avista concepts, the 2017 Encore embraces Buick’s modern design aesthetic,” said Holt Ware, design director, Buick Exteriors. “The Encore is a crossover known for its presence – the appearance is sleek, muscular and modern.”
Inside, much emphasis was placed on making the 2017 Encore’s interior an even better place to be. The brand states subtle details like bright accents and contrasted stitching help bring the emphasis to life. The instrument panel as been redesigned, too, and now flows across the interior, complete with a new gauge cluster. A 4.2-inch driver information center has also been put in place. Even more so, the center stack now houses a frameless eight-inch touchscreen unit, and of course, it’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable.
As for the powertrain, the 1.4-liter turbo still does the job here, complete with added power and stop-start technology. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive remains an option across all trim levels.
Buyers won’t have to wait long to jump into Buick’s surprise success either. The brand states the refreshed 2017 Buick Encore will go on sale this fall in base, Sport Touring, Convenience, Leather and Premium trims.