Opel, General Motors European arm, has just revealed the face-lifted Opel Mokka X, which is basically a rebadged Buick Encore. Recent rumors allege the new 2017 Buick Encore should be expected to debut at the New York Auto Show 2016. Although a myriad of changes are expected on the new model, several areas including the engine specs remain unaltered. The entire engine lineup continues into 2017, but tiny engine upgrades should be expected. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
Some of the appealing attributes the new model comes with include user-friendly controls, long list of technology and safety features, and hush cabin. However, the Encore, just like the existing model it is replacing, suffers from a modest performance and interior room.
The new model continues to embody the plethora of elements associated with Buick. These hallmarks are seen in its list of available technology features, near-luxury trappings, and a serene cabin. Some of the upscale features available on the new mode include sort-touch surfaces made of premium materials such as leather and suede, wood accents refinements, well-laid out controls, and upscale safety features (blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic controls, lane-departure warning and mitigation, hill assist, pedestrian detection, and rearview cameras).
The Sport Touring model carries on into 2017, and is still offered with a 1.4L turbocharged engine capable of churning out an additional 29 lbs. ft. of torque and 15 horsepower over the base model. It has also received mild steering and suspension upgrades meant to offer it a smooth and potent ride quality.
Foibles do exist, nonetheless. Performance is tepid, for instance, is a great source of frustration especially if you’ve sampled its rivals. The cargo and interior space are other areas that aren’t superb. On the upside, though, its small size allows for easier maneuverability especially when you want to pack in a compact parking space or when you’re negotiating crowded streets.
If space is what you’re after, the segment has got you covered. Larger crossovers like the Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V are your best bets. You could also check out the Envision – Buick’s own. Other competitors include the Honda CR-V, Fiat 500X, and the Mazda CX-3. Whichever way you decide to go here, we still subscribe to the school of thought that the Encore is still appealing for those looking for those who can’t get enough of its Buick-ness desirability.
Trim Options – Buick Encore 2017
The five-passenger 2017 Buick Encore is offered in Leather, Sport Touring, Convenience, Premium, and Base trim models.
2017 Buick Encore Exterior Reviews & Interior Photos
The base Encore model’s list of standard features and accessories includes a fold-flat manual front passenger seat, a simulated leather and cloth upholstery, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, a cargo cover, a USB port, a seven-inch touchscreen interface, air-conditioning, 18” alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, roof rails, OnStar emergency communications, smartphone app integration, Buick’s IntelliLink electronics interface, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, a six-way power driver seat, and cruise control.
The Encore Convenience model steps up with a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a blind-spot warning system, a 120-V power outlet, automatic dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, and foglights.
Tacking on unique exterior styling cues and a more powerful engine in addition to what the base offers is the Sport Touring model. Options here include heated front seats, a six-way power passenger seat, a leather upholstery, driver memory settings, and a heated steering wheel. More specs should be expected on its release date.
2017 Buick Encore Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
The source of enthusiasm for the new 2017 Buick Encore is offered by a two engines under its hood. The base mill is a 1.4L inline four-cylinder turbo that is capable of churning out about 148 pounds-ft. of torque and 138 hp. opting for the beefed-up Sport Touring model upgrades you to an output of about 153 horsepower and 177 pounds-ft. of torque.
When we come to the fuel economy, expect the all-wheel drive options to return 30/23/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 33/25/28 mpg with the front-wheel drive Encores.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 4.6 in. (100.6 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 0.4 in. (168.4 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.9 in. (69.9 in.)
Passenger volume: 92.8 cu. ft.
Cargo volume: 18.8 cu.ft. (max. 48.4 cu.ft. )
Curb weight: 3237 lbs.
Top Speed: 116 mph
0-60: 9.8 sec
MPG: 25/33 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Carbon Black Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, Coastal Blue Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic, River Rock Metallic/Dark Cocoa Ash, Rosewood Metallic/Dark Cocoa Ash, Summit White/Dark Argent Metallic, White Pearl Tricoat/Satin Nickel Metallic, Winterberry Red Metallic/Dark Argent Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 Buick Encore Release Date & Price
The 2017 Buick Encore price should be expected to start from MSRP of $$24,065. Although you could just lease it if you’re not sure yet. It is expected to go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017.