After teasing the SUV for quite some time, Buick has finally dropped the cover off the all new Buick Encore - General Motors’ response to the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. The Buick Encore will begin arriving at U.S. Buick dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.

The 2013 Buick Encore will offer contemporary styling, signature QuietTuning technology, and a host of features and amenities customers have come to expect from Buick. It will join the current Buick line-up with models like the Verano compact luxury sedan and the Regal GS sport sedan, both combined with the fuel-efficient eAssist "light electrification" technology.

The new 2013 Encore is powered by a new Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 HP and a peak torque of 148 lb.-ft. The engine is mated to a standard Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission.

UPDATE 01/19/2012: Buick has unveiled the first promotional video for the new Encore crossover. Enjoy!

UPDATE 04/06/2012: The 2013 Encore has also been presented at the New York Auto Show. Check the picture gallery to see a new set of live images.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2013 Buick Encore.

  • 2013 Buick Encore
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    power-dense Ecotec turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Transmission:
    Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Torque @ RPM:
    148 lb.-ft. between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm
  • Displacement:
    1400 L
  • body style:


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The 2013 Buick Encore features the same sculpted and elegant styling used for all other Buick models. The front of the small SUV gets a a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood, and painted lower panels, similar to the Enclave. The model will be offered with standard blue-accented projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps and 18" five-spoke painted aluminum.

"The Encore brings Buick’s timeless, sculptural design to the crossover segment 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."


  • Wheelbase (in / mm): 100.6 / 2555
  • Overall length (in / mm): 168.5 / 4278
  • Overall width (in / mm): 69.9 / 1774
  • Overall height (in / mm): 64.8 / 1646
  • Track (in / mm): front: 60.6 / 1540; rear: 60.6 / 1540
  • Curb weight (lb / kg): FWD: 3190 / 1447; AWD: 3309 / 1501
  • Minimum ground clearance (in. / mm): 6.2 / 158


  • 18 x 7-inch painted aluminum (std.)
  • 18 x 7-inch chromed aluminum (opt.)


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The interior of the Buick Encore combines ice blue ambient lighting with bright trim and wood-grain trim. The seats are trimmed in either a contemporary cloth/leatherette motif or available leather, and the steering wheels is wrapped in premium leather and holds the audio controls. Buick is also offering a prominent central instrument panel with a large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system.

The biggest feature of the interior is Buick’s latest QuietTuning technology that refines the vehicle following a three-point strategy of reducing sounds at their source, blocking sounds from entering the cabin, and absorbing any remaining sounds.

Standard QuietTuning features include:

  • Acoustically treated headliner with 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 with neutral gear disengagement
  • Quiet-tuned 18-inch Continental tires
  • Aero-optimized outside mirrors
  • Ultra-quiet engine alternator
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield and thicker 5mm side window glass
  • Foam baffle insulation at the opening of body structure cavities.


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The 2013 Buick Encore is powered by a new power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 HP and 148 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission that offers a "steep" first gear and a "tall" overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1.

The new Encore is built on a global small-crossover platform and features a MacPherson strut front suspension used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar, and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks.

Engine features

  • A high-efficiency alternator
  • Regulated voltage control
  • Electronically controlled returnless fuel system
  • Deceleration fuel cut-off.

Safety technologies

  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with 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.
  • 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


The 2013 Buick Encore will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013. Prices will be announced at a later date.


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As Buick itself confirms, the new Encore was built as a competitor for models like the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, undoubtedly making it the cheaper of the three. The BMW X1 will be offered with a choice of four engines - one gasoline and three diesels - and will be available in rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive configurations. The Audi Q3 will be offered with one TDI and two TFSI units, with power ranging from 140 HP to 211 HP.

Model Rear Seat in Place Rear Seat Folded
Buick Encore 18.8 cu. ft. / 533 liters 48.4 cu. ft. / 1,372 liters
BMW X1 16.9 cu. ft. / 480 liters 47.4 cu. ft. / 1,350 liters
Audi Q3 16.2 cu. ft. / 460 liters 48.2 cu. ft. / 1,365 liters
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  (296) posted on 02.16.2012

I am not truly impressed with its engine but I still like this good-looking Buick. smiley The interior touch was perfect. It is more roomy than other SUVs out there.

  (441) posted on 02.13.2012

I’m really impressed with the high-tech goodies in the
interior that uses the latest QuietTuning Technology. The elegance of
the exterior looks great.

  (530) posted on 02.6.2012

It has the simple design yet a sophisticated looks of car. I know that were more on the great looks with great engine specs as well as the performance on it.

  (458) posted on 01.30.2012

The coupe has great platform and outdoor design. The Buick Encore has impressive technology and more spacious among its competitors.

  (530) posted on 01.30.2012

I don’t like the color of the car. This is good when it was painted on other colors such as Red and Blue. The top view of this car is cute since the roofing has a great design.

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

This would be the smart choice for those who want to own a luxury crossover amenities in a more powerful engine. I love the luxurious look of Buick Encore.

  (472) posted on 01.26.2012

Of all the brand-new cars presented for this year and next, this Buick Encore is assured that it won’t dropped on the list. Great headlights looks like palladium core—Ironman’s suit power source. Definitely car lovers won’t ignore this.

  (595) posted on 01.24.2012

This car seems to be not that powerful. I just like the simple design yet an exquisite look of this car . But this car looks lovely and the engine specs is cool as well.

  (428) posted on 01.20.2012

This car seems to be not that powerful. Too sad for many have compromised on its good-looking exterior, I think they should boost its engine more. On the other hand, I can’t wait to know the cost of it.

  (441) posted on 01.19.2012

Before, I just could see the teaser. And now, it shown the whole outcome of this Buick. I am not really impressed on it, but I think it will look good on red body paint.

  (224) posted on 01.18.2012

I like the simple design yet an exquisite look of this car. I know that were more on the great looks with great engine specs. Right? And this has it is. I’m impressed with its interior design, very unique to others.

  (384) posted on 01.16.2012

What a great look! Especially to all the buyers who wants to have this one. But I think this model looks similar to other cars when it comes to designing phase.

  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

Finally! The complete looks of this Buick has been revealed! I have been waiting for so long. And now I am satisfied on what I’ve found out. This car looks lovely and the engine specs is cool as well. Thanks for updating this article.

  (296) posted on 01.13.2012

That is quite an impressive engine! Too glad for Buick to have it. Another thing is that the technology is something we can call its asset. But to be honest, I am not really into its interior room design.

  (445) posted on 01.12.2012

I love the simple yet exquisite looks of this Buick. It is plain yet can catch a lot of attentions. And it offers great engine specs and good speed performance. Aside from that, it can compete with others because of its wide and fresh interio design.

  (194) posted on 01.12.2012

The design of the wheels is not that cool to me. smiley But I am really impressed on its technology and interior looks, it looks wide in there. Moreover, this SUV is a good-looking car.

  (401) posted on 01.11.2012

I was amazed with the wheels, it has the best desigs ever. But probably not impressed with the concept. Feels like very simple.

  (419) posted on 01.11.2012

Another elegantly styled Buick models with a really great interior and exterior design. I love its more spacious interior. It is an automobile with the combination of elegance, efficiency and utility. Amazing!

  (342) posted on 01.10.2012

We can almost see the final output of this Buick. And I am sure that it will turn out fine. Those cute wheels are really effienct and suitable for its design and looks.

  (399) posted on 01.9.2012

I was amazed with the wheels, it has the best designs ever. But probably, I am not impressed with the concept. Looks like very simple.

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