“Buick Encore is a great-looking, smart choice for those who want luxury crossover amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing, in a press release. “It represents a luxury alternative for a new audience of Buick customers, and delivers features and flexibility not typically found in vehicles of its size today.”
With a wheelbase of just 100.6 inches, the 2013 Encore is smaller than the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, and shares some similarities with the Chevrolet Sonic. Autoblog says, “Like the Sonic, the Encore relies on the 1.4-liter turbo four backed by a Hydramatic six-speed automatic, and the powertrain is tuned to deliver 140 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet at 1,850 rpm.”
Inside, the 2013 Encore offers seating for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. Available features include Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, remote start, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and a Bose sound system. Additionally, Buick has employed an active noise cancelling system inside the Encore, which uses roof-mounted microphones that detect engine noise. To keep the cabin quiet, the system will play counteracting sound waves through the stereo speakers, which eliminate the noise.
Despite its small size, early reports indicate that the Encore offers decent interior space. “The Encore's cabin feels narrower than most small crossovers, but it doesn't constrain; there's room to spread your knees and arms,” writes the Chicago Tribune. “Headroom in both rows is good. The backseat could sit higher off the floor, but legroom should suit most adults.”
Buick hasn’t announced pricing yet, but the Encore is expected to hit U.S. dealerships in early 2013.
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