The new 2013 Buick Encore small luxury crossover will be offered with a MSRP of $24,950 (including a $750 destination charge). Expect this model to arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of 2013. Offered as standard equipment are the following: QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation, a set of 18-inch wheels, a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio with IntelliLink connectivity, and a rearview camera.
It will offer four trim levels, including a base model with all of these features. An Encore with the Convenience Group will add dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and fog lights for $25,760. Buyers would pay $27,460 to get the Encore with the Leather Group.
It has all of the mentioned features as well as leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat and driver’s seat memory functions. What buyers get with the Encore’s Premium Group are every item from the Leather and Convenience Packages, together with front and rear park assist, Forward Collision Alert with Lane Departure Warning, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a cargo net and area cargo mat. The top of the line model has a price tag of $28,940.
The vehicle with Encore’s optional Forward Collision Alert provides audible and visual warnings when a collision may be imminent at speeds higher than 25 mph. Drivers are alerted by the Lane Departure Warning when they may have crossed a detected lane marker without using a turn indicator when driving at speeds faster than 35 mph. If you want to turn off this feature, it only takes a push of a button.
All Encore models can get all-wheel drive (for $1,500). The following are the standalone options available for Convenience, Leather or Premium Encore models: navigation priced at $795, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels at $995, a sunroof at $800, and a Bose premium audio system ($595, but is offered as standard on the Premium Package).
2013 Buick Encore is designed on an international small-crossover platform as well as built with a unique "one-tire" philosophy. All of its features are enhanced and upgraded around its 18-inch tire specification, which is adopted for greater precision and suspension tuning, quietness, driving refinement, and better control.
For a more intense driving experience, the Buick Encore is equipped with a large wheelbase (2,555 mm/100.6-inch) and wide stance (1544 mm/60.6 inch front and rear tracks). Its robust structure also contributes to less driving noise and an increased suspension precision. To further disturb the transmission of noise and vibration, its tuned engine as well as its hydraulic mounts is attached to the engine’s integral torque axis. This arrangement also results to an enriched dynamic balance by controlling the transmission of momentum more efficiently.
Coil springs, side-load-compensated anterior strut modules, and a big stabilizer bar are utilized along with the strut front suspension of the MacPherson. Its compound crank design of its posterior suspension is also integrated with a tubular V-shape beam with double walling and gasoline-charged twin-tube shocks. It merges all the positive attributes of a traditional torsion beam axle, such as minimal requirements for space, stable camber control and reduced weight. To diminish the noise, it also used urethane spring isolators.
Lastly, the variable-effort steering system of the Buick Encore is electric-powered and column-mounted. It adds 11.2 meters (36.7 ft) turning diameter and saves more fuel than a power steering pump that is engine-driven.