2013 Buick Encore Preview | Autoblog Canada

2013 Buick Encore Preview


2013 Buick Encore

By Chris Paukert, Autoblog Canada


As Buick unleashed its rather deliberate teaser strategy for its 2013 Encore crossover, there was much speculation among both industry pundits and Autoblog commenters about what size the vehicle actually is. Having seen it in person and now having the full measurements at hand, we feel comfortable telling you that the Encore is probably smaller than you think.


Riding atop a 100.6-inch wheelbase, the Encore only spans 168.5 inches, making it smaller than the five-door Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which straddles a 104.8-inch wheelbase and spans 171.5 inches overall. The Encore’s platform is based on Gamma II architecture, which is related to – but not identical – to the Chevrolet Sonic. Buick is making bold proclamations about the Encore being a pioneer in the premium subcompact crossover market, and as if to emphasize the point, General Motors compares the vehicle to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in its press materials – vehicles that aren’t even sold in North America.


Like the Sonic, the Encore relies on the 1.4-litre 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. In typical Buick fashion, engineers have placed a major emphasis on a hushed interior, fitting an acoustic-laminated windshield and standard 18-inch “quiet-tuned” Continental tires along with active noise cancelling through the audio system – a Buick first.


It will be interesting to see where the Encore is priced when it hits dealers – the Verano sedan is currently Buick’s least expensive offering at $23,470, but it’s larger in size. For the full details, hit the jump for the official press blast.


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