Buick decided that it’s time to attack the luxury small crossover market and revealed today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show its latest vehicle: this is the 2013 Buick Encore. So, for those who want a luxury small crossover with room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters) of storage space, the 2013 Encore is the perfect choice. Moreover, the 2013 Encore features a fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 140 hp (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm.
The engine is offered as standard with a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission. Regarding the design, the 2013 Buick Encore keeps the global design language that has come to symbolize the brand and features a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels, similar to the bigger Enclave. The interior features prominent central instrument panel that houses a large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as available navigation and rear camera systems.
Some of the interior features include heated front seats and heated steering wheel, rear seats with a fold-down armrest with cup holders, dual-zone climate control, Bose premium sound system six-way, power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and driver memory and remote vehicle start. The Buick Encore will also have a sister model in Europe in the form of the Opel Mokka or the so-called Corsa SUV. “Buick Encore is a great-looking, smart choice for those who want luxury crossover amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “It represents a luxury alternative for a new audience of Buick customers, and delivers features and flexibility not typically found in vehicles of its size today.”