Buick's latest is now en route to it's final stop.
January 17, 2013
By: Nick Saporito
Today Buick announced that it's latest new product, the Encore crossover, is en route to dealerships across the United States. Within the next few weeks potential customers will be able to test drive the Encore and take it home if they so choose to purchase the little ute. The new Encore is opening the Buick brand to a new, emerging segment of small crossovers that the brand hopes will bring much success in the next few years.
Based on a variant of GM's global subcompact architecture, the Encore is the smallest overall Buick ever, though space on the inside is surprisingly vast considering it's small stature. Encore is powered by GM's 1.4-liter turbo, making 138 horsepower with a EPA rating of 25/33 mpg in front-wheel drive formation.
GMI recently drove the Encore in Atlanta and walked away fairly impressed.
The Encore is the first new Buick for the 2013 calendar year, which is shaping up to be another busy year for the brand. Later this year Buick will launched refreshed versions of the Regal and LaCrosse sedans for the 2014 model year. Once the new sedans arrive at the end of this year the oldest Buick product will be the Verano, which launched late in 2011. GMI has been told that both the 2014 Regal and LaCrosse will likely nudge upmarket a bit with more premium content and a design that will bring both in line with Buick's latest.
Encore wears a base price of $24,950 and is produced at GM's Bupyeong, South Korea assembly plant.