Introduced in 2012, the Buick Encore came at a time when the auto market was in search for sleek and more fuel-efficient crossovers. It became a huge hit for General Motors in the few years it has been on the market but with small crossover market now booming, it looks set for major redesign and engine performance changes. Modest visual redesigns occur on the rear and front fascia. Well, major redesign changes should also be expected in the 2017 Buick Encore especially with its stronger, bigger and better engine performance. The buick encore 2017 is expected to shake up the crossover market with improved performance, greater aggressiveness and more advanced technology. With such changes, GM have definitely had its hands full in the premium sub-compact crossover segment even as more rivals come along, such as the rumored 2016 Honda Acura HR-V.
2017 Buick Encore – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
Normally, heavy cladding on front fascia suggests major restyling, but compared to the current model, the buick encore prototype may not have extreme exterior redesign changes. Most notably, the 2017 Buick Encore sheds off most of its black plastic with the pocket sized luxury crossover having more body-colored surfaces. The other redesign changes include new bumpers, redesigned headlights, a new grille and a shorter front fascia. The cladding in the hood is probably the best hint that the 2017 Buick Encore will get powertrain changes, and the prototype is likely being used to test cooling and airflow to the new engine. This might also explain why there’re no changes on the rear end of the Encore, although there’ll almost surely be changes made to the rear taillights as well.
Like the exterior, the interior will probably get changes, too. Spy shots haven’t shown any of its interior, but as with most GM mid-cycle updates, there are great chances for a reworked instrument panel. This will very likely focus on the design and technology of the center stack and gauges, and the latest GM infotainment technology may be included. High zoot trim levels will feature piano black trims on the center consoles, door panels and on the dashboard. It will feature a new touch screen which should be more suitable for the current infotainment system and a highly comfortable four-zone air conditioning system. Other high-tech settings and accessories include USB and Bluetooth connectivity as well as satellite navigation.
Underneath the Hood of the 2017 Buick Encore
Although the 2017 Buick Encore is available only with a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, the Vauxhall/Opel Mokka offers 5 diesel and gasoline engines. This will likely change with the updated design, with a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine rumored to join the engine lineup. The 3- cylinder engine is currently in use on the Opel Corsa, where it’s rated at 115 horsepower and 125 pound feet of torque. If used in the encore buick 2017, this may be less power than the current engine’s 138 horsepower and 148 pound feet of torque, but it can improve fuel economy over the current rating of 33 mpg highway and 25mg city.
2017 Buick Encore – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
The price of the updated 2017 buick encore should not change very much from the current model that is priced at $24,065. There’s a chance that the new engine will be added as an extra option rather than as a replacement, adding another pricing level in the Encore lineup. The American 2017 Buick Encore is expected to be unveiled during the New York auto show that will be held this year.