Set to start selling in the fall is the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring. It is powered by an exclusive, all-new 1.4L turbocharged engine that features direct injection and stop/start technology. Some of its unique exterior features are a winged rear spoiler and a set of 18-inch aluminum premium-finish wheels and door handles that have the same color as the body.
This sophisticated 1.4L turbo is included in a new lineup of small, power-dense engines that are meant to balance performance and efficiency with superior refinement. Aided by direct injection, this engine is capable of producing 153 hp (112 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm) – which is about 11% more horsepower and almost 20% more torque than the standard engine on the Encore.
It gives the driver a greater sensation of power on demand, specifically during low- and mid-range engine speeds. It is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. It features stop/start technology that helps it to improve fuel economy during stop-and-go driving. With this technology, the engine is automatically shut down if the vehicle stops at certain times while driving like what happens in a stoplight.
As soon as the driver’s foot is off the brake, the engine instantly restarts. Buick vice president Duncan Aldred said that Encore is a “driving force” for the brand’s expansion and is considered to be a “catalyst” for attracting a new generation of customers.
He also said that its customer base will become wider with the introduction of the all-new Encore Sport Touring as it allows for more options, together with a higher performance and efficiency as well as more technology. All the Encore models can seat five people and offers storage space as big as 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters).
Among its standard features are: Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps; IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system with a seven-inch-diagonal, high-resolution, full-color display; OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, which includes a three-month/3GB data trial; Rearview camera system; Fold-flat front passenger seat that extends the cargo length and fits items as long as eight feet; 10 standard air bags, which include side-curtain and knee air bags; QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology; Heated outside rearview mirrors with signal indicators; Fuel-saving electric power steering; Four-wheel disc brakes.
In addition, the Encore Sport Touring comes with the Convenience package, which comes with a 120-volt power outlet, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and remote starting. Also available are all-wheel drive, a premium Bose audio system, navigation radio and a moonroof.
The Encore Sport Touring’s exclusive 1.4L turbo uses the all-new engine range. What it has in common with the standard 1.4L turbo engine is only the displacement. Performance and efficiency are enhanced as mass is reduced because of its use of an aluminum cylinder block and head.