It might be difficult to believe, but the 2022 Buick Encore represents the tenth model year of the first-generation Encore, which entered the market for the 2013 model year. For the 2022 model year, the subcompact crossover gets a few (mostly) minor changes.
For the 2022 model year, the base Encore (1SV) trim level has been deleted, making Preferred the one and only trim level.
|Model Year||Encore||Preferred||Sport Touring||Preferred II||Essence||Premium|
The change is typical for a vehicle whose assembly is being streamlined in an effort to reduce complexity and maximize returns.
The 2022 Buick Encore sees no changes to the exterior. As such, the following exterior color options remain:
- Dark Moon Blue Metallic
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Summit White
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
- Cinnabar Metallic
- White Frost Tricoat
The crossover also continues to offer two aluminum 18-inch wheels. The standard wheel is a multi-spoke unit finished in Technical Gray pockets, while the second wheel is an LPO-level (dealer-installed) option with a five-spoke design and a Midnight Silver finish.
On the inside, the 2022 Buick Encore sees the deletion of the flat-folding passenger seatback. As a result, the seatback map pocket becomes standard for both the driver and front passenger seatbacks.
The 2022 Encore also gets a standard electric heater/defroster along with an outside temperature sensor, both of which technically were late changes for the 2021 model year. To clarify, the electric heater replaces the conventional heater core system, which should allow the cabin to warm up much more quickly in colder climates since this system doesn’t rely on engine heat.
Additionally, the eight-inch diagonal color touch screen audio system (IO5) has been replaced with a seven-inch unit (IOR). The change results in the loss of the dual USB ports associated with the IO5 system, while the IOR system introduces two USB ports of its own.
Under the hood, the turbocharged 1.4-liter I4 LUV engine is dropped in favor of the much newer 1.4L LE2 engine. That results in an increase of 17 horsepower and 29 pound-feet of torque, for a total output of 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet with the LE2 compared to 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet with the LUV. Additionally, the oil pan heater has also been replaced by an engine block heater.
Notably, both of these mechanical updates were late changes for the 2021 model year.
Looking ahead, it’s likely that 2022 or 2023 will become the final model years for the Encore as the newer Encore GX hits its stride from a sales volume standpoint. That said, a replacement for the Encore could be on the way via the Encore based on the GM GEM platform (aka Global Emerging Markets architecture), which has been on sale in China.
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