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2013 Buick Encore: Detroit Auto Show

author photo by Jeffrey Archer January 2012
  • Buick's all-new Encore features a standard 140-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an overall length of just 168.5 inches.
  • Standard features include rain-sensing wipers and remote starting along with Buick's new "Quiet Tuning" noise cancelling systems.
  • We expect the small crossover will be priced in the mid-$20,000 range when it debuts early next year.

After several weeks of revealing teaser images on Facebook, Buick finally pulled the cover off its new Encore crossover at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Sized to compete with small upscale crossovers like Audi's newly announced Q3 and the European-market BMW X1, the 2013 Encore features a standard four-cylinder engine and several premium features designed to help it stand out in a growing market segment.

On the outside, the Encore features several characteristic Buick design cues, including accentuated rear wheel arches, chrome trim around the windows and the brand's waterfall grille. Inside, the crossover offers a modern interior complete with wood trim, stylized lines on the dashboard and door panels and a clean center stack laden with controls. The Encore also includes a standard center-mounted touchscreen that displays audio information and Buick's optional voice-activated IntelliLink infotainment system.

In addition to IntelliLink, the Encore includes a host of high-end standard and optional features designed to distinguish the new model. Such features include remote starting, rain-sensing wipers, a forward collision alert system that detects an impending impact and an optional rearview camera. Buick is also touting the crossover's new "active" QuietTuning feature, which includes a series of sound reducing items like an acoustic laminated windshield, "quiet-tuned" Continental tires and even active noise cancelling through the crossover's audio system.

But the Encore's most unique feature is found under its hood. While many rivals use large four-cylinder powerplants with optional V6 engines, Buick's newest model instead features a tiny 1.4-liter four-cylinder that's turbocharged to produce 140 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. But thanks to the Encore's small size (it stands at just 168.5 inches in length, which is three inches shorter than the newly released compact Range Rover Evoque) and a standard six-speed automatic, the crossover will likely offer competitive acceleration.

Although Buick hasn't announced pricing for the Encore, we expect the crossover will start in the mid-$20,000 range when it begins arriving in dealerships during the first quarter of next year.

What it means to you: As automakers strive to meet tightening fuel economy regulations, crossovers will likely continue to get smaller.

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