2017 Buick Encore preview


Debuting at this year's New York International Auto Show, the 2017 Buick Encore gains a new look and updated technology.

Buick's popular mini-crossover hit the market as a 2013 model, meaning it was due for a nip-and-tuck for the 2017 model year. For the most part, this refresh is mostly relegated to exterior tweaks and an upgraded infotainment system. The Encore's updated look features a new wing-shaped grille boasting the brand's red, white, and blue logo, as well as LED headlamps and taillamps.

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Inside, technophiles will appreciate a new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and standard Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The center stack is far less cluttered, with fewer buttons than before. A new 4.2-inch display screen pops up between the revised gauges and standard in-car wireless hardware also arrives. 

On the powertrain front, the Encore is largely carried over. It offers a choice of 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder turbocharged powertrains in 138 and 153 horsepower flavors, and buyers can select between front- or all-wheel-drive. Start/stop technology designed to reduce fuel consumption in urban driving is also newly available, something Buick says will spread to the rest of its lineup in due time.

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Buick hasn't yet priced the 2017 Encore, but only a modest increase is expected over the 2016 model year.

For more on the Buick Encore, read the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.

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