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.
Buick Encore will also have a sister model in Europe in the form of the Opel Mokka or the so-called Corsa SUV.
Underpinned with a global small-crossover platform, the new Buick Encore has been engineered following a “one-tire” philosophy, which means optimization of every aspect of the car around its 18-inch tires. The unique driving character of the new Core is built around its 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and 60.6-inch (1,540 mm) front and rear tracks. Its strong structure allows the new Encore to boast of a more precise suspension and a quieter ride.
The engine -- and its two hydraulic mounts -- has been tuned to its inherent torque axis to upset vibration and noise transmission as well as help control the transfer of momentum.
Encore’s front axle rides on a MacPherson strut front suspension complemented by coil springs, side-load-compensated front strut modules and a large stabilizer bar. On the rear, the suspension employs a compound crank design, a double-wall tubular V-shape beam, and gas-charged twin-tube shocks.
This configuration requires minimal space and allows for low weight and consistent camber control. The new Encore also employs urethane spring isolators to suppress noise.
On the other hand, the new Buick Encore is specified with a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system that allows the small crossover to boast of a 36.7-foot (11.2 meters) turning diameter. Furthermore, this steering system makes the Encore more fuel efficient than power steering pump fitted with an engine.