The 2022 Buick Encore arrives as the tenth model year for the first-generation vehicle, introducing a number of changes and updates as compared to the previous 2021 model year. Among these is the incorporation of an engine block heater, rather than an oil pan heater.
Previously, the 2021 Buick Encore was equipped with turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gasoline engine, which was rated at 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850 rpm. However, halfway through the 2021 model year, the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gasoline engine in the Buick Encore was replaced by the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LE2 gasoline engine, rated at 155 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 177 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.
While slightly more powerful, the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LE2 gasoline engine is also equipped with an engine block heater, whereas the previous turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gasoline engine is equipped with an oil pan heater. The block heater can be plugged into a household outlet for assistance when starting the engine in extreme cold temperatures.
Going forward, the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LE2 gasoline engine is the only engine available for the 2022 Buick Encore. Output is harnessed by a six-speed automatic transmission, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive offered.
Further updates for the 2022 Buick Encore include the deletion of the base Encore trim level, thus making the Buick Encore Preferred the exclusive trim level on offer. Other notable changes include the addition of a 7-inch Buick Infotainment System, which replaces the previous 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen. The 7-inch infotainment system features AM/FM stereo and dual USB ports, as well as Bluetooth streaming audio and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Production for the U.S. market takes place at the GM Bupyeong Factory in Incheon, South Korea.