The Encore is the smallest among Buick’s SUVs. It is positioned bellow the mid-range Envision and seven-seat Enclave SUV. This small crossover SUV was actually alone in its segment when was initially launched in 2013. However, this segment is now filled with many models and prestigious names like BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman, Audi Q3, etc. Buick updated this model for the 2017 model year and with those changes this mini Buick is ready to serve for the one or two model year without of serious modifications. So, the upcoming version of this model, 2018 Buick Encore, will carry on with minor modifications.
New for 2018:
For the 2017 model year, the mid-cycle upgrade has brought subtly revised front and rear end styling and more important changes occurred inside the cabin. Upgraded infotainment system was also welcomed feature. The new 2018 Encore might, however, bring more standard features, and more accessible active safety aids. New color options should also be available.
2018 Buick Encore: Design
Easy maneuverability, stylish look, well-built interior, modern tech features are definitely what you will like about the new 2018 Buick Encore. However, with an efficient engine and good handling you will also be able to maneuver through crowded urban traffic and also to park easily.
From the visual perspective, you will get the stylish vehicle which will look nice on the road and in your garage. Buick changed some elements of model’s ascetics for the current version and the new model will continue in the same form.
It will include the grille which includes winged strip and nice headlights that comes with signature lighting. Sleek front bumper and hood which has a single crease that runs through its middle will also fit nice its look. On the other hand, curves on door panels and rising character line complement with sculpted fenders and rear spoiler will also improve its visual interest.
Inside the cabin, the Encore will be even better. Good build quality, soft-touch materials, and nice Buick’s styling themes will make high-end ambient. Comfortable front seats and good driving position will also make everyday driving easier. Adults will be able to sit in the rear but won’t find full comfort. The model’s small proportions won’t also provide generous cargo department. You will get 18.8 cu ft of cargo space behind the rear seats and a maximum of 48.4 cu ft with stowed rear seats.
If you would like to buy the new Encore, you will choose between five trims. There will be Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred II, Essence and Premium trims.
The standard features will include 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights, LED DRLs, cloth upholstery, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, etc. On the tech front, available will be an 8-inch touchscreen interface, 4G LTE WiFi, smartphone integration, six speakers, etc.
Dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, more speakers, heated front seats and steering wheel, a navigation system, etc. will be available in higher trims.
The driver will also be helped with some advanced safety aids. There will be forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear park assist.
2018 Buick Encore: Performance, Fuel Efficiency
An upcoming 2018 Buick Encore should come powered by a 1.4-liter inline-4 engine. The base version of this model will produce around 138 horsepower and torque of 177 pound-feet. Other than the base models will get more power. Their engine version will produce 153 hp and torque of 177 lb-ft.
In all trims, the Encore will be available with both options, front- and all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the only available transmission system will be a six-speed automatic.
The changes in the fuel economy are not expected compared to what the current version delivers. With front-wheel drive, it should return 25 mpg in city and 33 mpg highway. With the power on all four wheels, the fuel economy will decrease to 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
2018 Buick Encore: Arrival, Price
Expect the 2018 Buick Encore to come in early 2018. The price should stay close to the current range which starts from around $23, 000.