General Motors, the parent company of GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac, has announced that it will introduce a new Buick compact crossover at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Automotive News says that reports of a new SUV introduction were confirmed by a GM spokeswoman Wednesday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the next Buick crossover will be launched as a 2013 model and will likely be called the Buick Encore. That means Buick’s lineup will expand to five vehicles. Currently, the Buick Regal, Buick Verano, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Enclave are the only four vehicles sold by the brand.

The 2013 Buick Encore crossover will reportedly be based on the Chevrolet Sonic’s architecture, but GM is keeping its looks under wrap until the Detroit show comes around. “Details are (scarce) on the new crossover, but we’d be surprised if it didn’t employ Buick’s flowing global design language in combination with obligatory crossover touches like slightly raised ground clearance,” predicts Left Lane News.

GM released a press statement announcing that the automaker would be premiering four new models at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, but only gave solid details about the new Cadillac ATS’ debut. Journalists at Autoblog predict that other models to be unveiled at the show will include two concept cars and the sporty Chevrolet Sonic RS.

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