2017 Buick Encore Adds Some Mokka Flavor
Update Gives Best-Selling Buick More European Look
Sometimes product decisions that don’t make sense at first glance go on pay off in a major way. One of those was the introduction of the Buick Encore compact crossover to the lineup. The pint-sized crossover has gone on to become the brand’s best-seller in the U.S. To keep customers’ interest up, the Encore is getting a style and content makeover for 2017.
The most noticeable change is a revised front fasica, featuring LED running lights and a new grille with what has now become Buick’s future signature styling cue, an horizontal chrome “winged” grille accent, similar to its European counterpart, the Opel Mokka. The Encore gets three new exterior colors for 2017: Black Cherry Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and White Frost Metallic. Heated body-color outside mirrors, a new 18-inch wheel design, a chrome exhaust tip, and LED taillights round out the exterior changes.
On the inside, the Encore gets a new gauge cluster with a 4.2-inch driver information center, and the 8-inch center touchscreen now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like most new GM models, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity capability is standard.
Underhood, the Encore gets an updated 1.4L turbocharged I-4 with direct injection, bringing power up to 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, a meaningful increase of 15 hp and 29 lb-ft of torque. According to the release, the direct-injected engine will be available on “most” trims of the Encore. Both engines are mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic. As before, the Encore is available with front- or all-wheeldrive. The 2017 Encore will go on sale this fall.