One of the Buick`s smallest sport utility vehicles is once again set to be redesigned for 2018. It is the all new 2018 Buick Encore. This attractive and ideal for everyday drive car, was firstly introduced in 2013. Then, last year it has undergone some modifications such as upgraded cabin, more tech features and revised front fascia. So we can only conclude that as the 2018 model, new Buick is going to be only slightly refreshed to order to keep it competitive.
The new Encore will be available in four trim levels as the current model. Those are Convenience, Leather, Premium and Sport Touring models. BMW X1, MINI countryman, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA etc. will be its main competitors in this segment.
2018 Buick Encore powertrain, performance and fuel economy
The 2018 Buick Encore will be powered with a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. This unit will be capable of making 138 horses and 148 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The higher trim levels will most likely get the same 1.4-liter but with direct injection. So, this engine will be more powerful then the first one. It will be able to produce 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The new Buick will hit 60 mph in around 9 seconds. Front-wheel drive system will be standard. However, it will be offered with all-wheel drive configuration too.
As for the fuel efficiency, with front-wheel drive it is rated at 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. With AWD, the numbers are 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined.
Exterior and interior design
2018 Buick Encore will continue to ride on the GM`S Gamma 2 architecture which also underpins the Chevrolet Sonic and Chevrolet Trax models.
Speaking of the exterior, the 2018 Buick Encore will continue with the same design as the current model. Since it has been refreshed last year now there was no need for anything large in this segment. So, the front end will feature a redesigned grille with chrome strip in a shape of wing. The headlamps will have LED technology and will be simple and nicely designed. Furthermore, we will see revised air intakes which will be placed lower this time. As well, the automaker has deleted the River Metallic exterior color and replaced it with a new one. It will be the Coppertino Metallic shade. This new model will ride on standard 18-inch alloy wheels.
What costumers would like the most about 2018 Buick Encore is its nicely designed, well equipped and modern cabin. Thanks to the standard active noise cancellation technology, the cabin will be much quieter. The dashboard will receive the new 8.0-inch touchscreen.
As for the technology, the interior will be equipped with plenty of standard and optional systems. The base model will have cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, cruise control, ambient lighting, OnStar telematics system and so on. Some of the optional features will be a Bose audio system, navigation, parking sensors, blind spot monitors, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alerts etc.
Release date and price
2018 Buick Encore should go on sale in the end of 2017. As for the price, it is expected to be in a range from around $23,000 to $32,000.