The new design features the sculptural surfacing and elegant line work that continues to distinguish the Buick brand. The addition of the winged grille with Buick's new tri-color insignia, new front headlamps and rear LED signature tail lamps contemporize the Encore and set up the visual flow around the entire vehicle. Uplevel models receive Buick's full LED headlamps, which provide efficient, clear lighting of the road ahead. 'Sporting cues first shown on the award-winning Avenir and Avista concepts, the 2017 Encore embraces Buick's modern design aesthetic,' said Holt Ware, design director, Buick Exteriors. 'The Encore is a crossover known for its presence – the appearance is sleek, muscular and modern.' Also new are a chrome exhaust outlet, body-color heated outside mirrors, a new 18-inch wheel design and three exterior colors: Black Cherry Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic and White Frost Metallic.
Building on Buick's reputation for premium and quiet passenger environments, the 2017 Encore elevates with a new interior design and a greater emphasis on material selection, placement and subtle details like bright accents and contrast stitching. An updated instrument panel flows across the interior and incorporates a new gauge cluster with a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center. Also, a new center stack blends with the instrument panel to offer more intuitive access for the user interface and its new, frameless 8-inch color touch screen. IntelliLink is designed to support the latest interface technologies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Buick's connectivity also includes OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is now standard across the brand's U.S. model line. With the 4G LTE connection, Encore allows passengers to connect up to seven devices to high-speed wireless Internet. 'As a representation of modern Buick styling, the Encore's cabin is sophisticated in look and feel, and precise in its execution,' said Liz Wetzel, design director, Buick Interiors. 'The instrument panel and center stack forms are artfully sculpted, while offering an effortless interface with the infotainment technologies.'
All 2017 Encore models offer room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of storage space with the 60/40 split rear seat folded. Standard features include 10 air bags, StabiliTrak stability enhancement and a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain. A unique 1.4L turbo with direct injection, more power, more torque and stop/start technology is available on most trims. EPA estimates will be announced at a later date. Buick's exclusive QuietTuning is standard on all models and includes Bose® Active Noise Cancellation technology. Encore also offers available active safety features including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. FAST FACT: Encore was named Best Compact Crossover/SUV in Kelley Blue Book's 2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards – the third consecutive year for the accolade. Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, Instagram (include link) or at www.facebook.com/buick