2013 Buick Encore Takes the StageAll-new luxury crossover is versatile, efficient and continues brand's growth
Buick today introduced the all-new 2013 Encore – a luxury small crossover that delivers Buick's signature style, interior acoustic refinement and collection of luxury amenities in a maneuverable, versatile and efficient package.
The Encore is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit through Jan. 22, and goes on sale in early 2013.
'Buick Encore is a great-lòòking, smart choice for those who want luxury crossover amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle,' said Tony DiSalle, Ú.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. '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.'
Buick models continue to gain in popularity, wîth two consecutive years of higher retail sales. The Encore joins Verano – Buick's third all-new sedan in three years – to round out the brand's lineup and continues the momentum established by the Enclave crossover almost five years ago.
With room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters) of storage space wîth the rear seat folded, the Encore offers substantial cargo capacity along wîth the confident, higher driving position, all-wheel-drive capability and contemporary styling of a crossover.
Additional features include 10 standard air bags and an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain, along wîth standard and available technologies such as Buick's voice-activated IntelliLink – which uses Bluetooth or a ÚSB to connect the driver's smartphone to a high-resolution, full-color seven-inch LCD display radio.
And because it's a Buick, QuietTuning is standard on the Encore, which also features Buick's first use of active noise cancellation technology. Contemporary design offers versatile spaciousness
In keeping wîth the global design language that has come to symbolize the brand, the Encore's sculpted and elegant styling traits – including sweeping character lines – make it instantly identifiable as a contemporary Buick. Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels, similar to the Enclave.Source - Buick
'The Encore brings Buick's timeless, sculptural design to the crossover §egmènt in a way that blends elegance, efficiency and utility,' said David Lyon, executive director of design. 'There's confidence in its athletic stance and elemental beauty in its rich details.'
Blue-accented projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps enhance the premium appearance; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard. Seven-spoke chrome wheels are available.
Inside, the Encore's organic styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels. A prominent central instrument panel houses the large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as available navigation and rear camera systems.
A contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented wîth ice blue ambient lighting, select use of bright trim and wood-grain trim. Premium seats featuring high-density foam for greater comfort on long drives are trimmed wîth either a contemporary cloth/leatherette motif or available leather. Heated front seats and a heated §teering wheel are available. The rear seat features a fold-down armrest wîth cup holders.
More of the Encore's comfort and luxury features – standard and available – include:
• Remote vehicle start
• Dual-zone automatic climate control
• Rainsense wipers
• Bose premium sound system
• Heated, leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth audio controls
• Six-way, power-adjustable driver's seat wîth power lumbar adjustment and driver memory.
Encore also features plenty of storage capacity and storage compartments. It offers 18.8 cubic feet (533 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters) wîth the rear seat folded. With the rear seat in place, there's room for at least six full grocery bags and wîth the rear seat folded, there's room for golf clubs and overnight bags for a weekend getaway. Even the front passenger seat folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate long items that would not normally fit in a vehicle of this size.
Nine exterior colors and three interior color combinations will be offered.
QuietTuning gets ‘active'
QuietTuning is the process of defining Buick quality, sound and vibration characteristics and designing and refining the vehicle following a three-point strategy of reducing sounds at their source, blocking sounds from entering the cabin and absorbing any remaining sounds.
For the Encore, specific content was applied to achieve 40 sound benchmarks for refinement, including Buick's first application of active noise cancellation. With it, ceiling-mounted microphones detect engine noise, the frequencies of which are processed by a computer that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system's speakers and subwoofer.
Additional standard QuietTuning features include:
• Acoustically treated headliner wîth a tuned gap between it and the high-strength-steel roof panel
• Sound-absorbing materials used in the cabin, under the hood and in the wheel house liners
• HydraMatic 6T40 six-speed transmission wîth neutral gear disengagement
• Quiet-tuned 18-inch Continental tires
• Aero-optimized outside mirrors
• Últra-quiet engine alternator
• Acoustic-laminated windshield and thicker 5mm side window glass
• Foam baffle insulation at the opening of body structure cavities.
‘One-tire' philosophy sharpens ride and handling characteristics
The new Encore is built on a global small-crossover platform and engineered wîth a 'one-tire' philosophy. Everything is optimized around a single 18-inch tire specification, designed for more precise suspension tuning, driving refinement, quietness and a feeling of control.
The Encore's 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,540 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a more confident-feeling driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quieter ride. Tuned engine, including two hydraulic mounts, are tailored to the engine's inherent torque axis to disrupt the transmission of vibration and noise. This configuration also helps control the transfer of momentum, resulting in improved dynamic balance.
A MacPherson strut front suspension is used wîth coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, wîth a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile wîth gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, wîth low weight and consistent camber control. Úrethane spring isolators are used to dampen noise.
The Encore also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power §teering system. It contributes to a 36.7-foot (11.2 meters) turning diameter, while also saving fuel compared to an engine-driven power §teering pump.
Safety technology helps protect occupants
Encore is designed wîth technologies – including radar-based features – to help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Technologies that help avoid them include:
• Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
• Four-wheel disc brakes wîth ABS and electronic brake force distribution
• Cornering brake control and brake assist
• Available all-wheel-drive system that seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling
• Available forward collision alert and lane departure warning
• Available front and rear park assist
• Available rear vision camera.
When it comes to occupant protection, the Encore's body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment. Sixty-three percent of the underbody structure is comprised of high-strength steels, while 57 percent of the upper body uses high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That protection is complemented wîth 10 standard air bags, which include:
• Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
• Driver and front passenger knee air bags
• Front and rear thorax air bags (all outboard positions)
• Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Encore's suite of safety features is rounded out wîth exclusive OnStar technology, which includes the Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.
Ecotec turbo engine drives efficiency
The Buick Encore is powered by an efficient, power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) It generates an estimated 140 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps it deliver a better driving experience and performance.
The 1.4L's turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A reinforced crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional strength to support the engine's pressurized power and torque over a wide rpm band.
Several of the engine's features contribute to the Encore's overall fuel efficiency, including:
• A high-efficiency alternator
• Regulated voltage control
• Electronically controlled returnless fuel system
• Deceleration fuel cut-off.
They complement other vehicle-wide systems and components that also help improve efficiency, including low-rolling-resistance tires, electric power §teering, neutral idle feature and optimized aerodynamics.
A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission backs the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine. It is part of a family of six-speed front and all-wheel drive transaxles developed for small cars and crossovers. It has a unique design, wîth the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.
The Hydra-Matic 6T40 offers a 'steep' first gear and a 'tall' overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows the Encore to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds. A neutral-gear disengagement feature helps enhance smoothness and efficiency.
The Buick Encore will begin arriving at Ú.S. Buick dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.
2013 Buick Encore Priced at $24,950New luxury small crossover blends safety, versatility and efficiency
The new 2013 Buick Encore small luxury crossover will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2013 wîth a suggested retail price of $24,950, including a $750 destination charge. Standard features include QuietTuning wîth Bose Active Noise Cancellation, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera and a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio wîth IntelliLink connectivity.
Four trim levels will be available, including a base model wîth all of the features listed above. An Encore wîth the Convenience Group adds dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and fog lights for $25,760.
An Encore wîth the Leather Group costs $27,460 and includes all of the above features plus leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a heated §teering wheel, a power passenger seat and driver's seat memory functions.
Encore's Premium Group includes all content from the Leather and Convenience Packages, along wîth front and rear park assist, Forward Collision Alert wîth Lane Departure Warning, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system wîth a subwoofer, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a cargo net and area cargo mat. The top of the line model costs $28,940.
With Encore's optional Forward Collision Alert, the vehicle gives audible and visual warnings when a collision may be imminent at speeds above 25 mph. Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when they may have crossed a detected lane marker without using a turn indicator when driving at speeds over 35 mph. This feature can be deactivated wîth the push of a button.
All-wheel drive is available on all Encore models for $1,500. Standalone options available for Convenience, Leather or Premium Encore models include navigation ($795), 18-inch chrome-clad wheels ($995), a sunroof ($800) and a Bose premium audio system ($595, but standard on Premium Package).
'Encore opens the Buick brand to new groups of customers wîth a compelling blend of luxury, utility and efficiency,' said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. 'Its versatile shape, agile size and available all-wheel drive invite owners to live active lifestyles while enjoying Buick's signature style, comfort and refinement.'
Encore will be the most fuel-efficient crossover produced by a domestic automaker, wîth an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for front-drive models.Source - Buick