2018 Buick Encore shows off its new face In New York. The freshening follows the playbook of the Chevy Trax, which was also updated with a light hand. After four years on the market, the Encore subcompact crossover has become Buicks best selling vehicle. The 2018 Buick Encore now sports a new face, an updated interior and some new in-dash technology. The changes aren’t drastic, but should help keep the compact crossover in the spotlight for shoppers.
2018 Buick Encore Exterior and Interior Design
For the 2018 model year, Buick Encore shows a modest refresh of the front and rear fascias and the amount of black plastic has diminished. A new front fascia is defined by the addition of the winged grille, new front headlamps and rear LED signature tail lamps, all of which 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. There’s also a new exhaust tip, body-color exterior mirrors with heated glass, new 18 inch wheels and three new exterior color options.
The Encore’s interior digs are also refreshed with a new dashboard design and more premium material usage. Enabling smartphone interface on the dash of the small SUV, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by a next generation IntelliLink system featuring an 8 inch diagonal color touch screen. Like other IntelliLink equipped vehicles, the system offers OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The 4G LTE connection allows passengers to connect up to seven devices to high speed wireless Internet. The second row and cargo area carry over unchanged for the 2018 model year. The 60/40 split bench offers room for three across, though most will be more happy only loading two passenger in back.
2018 Buick Encore Release Date and Price
The 2018 Buick Encore is expected to go on sale in late fall. The price should stay close to the current range which starts from around $23,000.
2018 Buick Encore Engine Specs and Performance
The source of enthusiasm for the new 2018 Buick Encore is offered by a two engines under its hood. The first 2018 Buick Encore offers two 1.4 liter turbo charged inline four cylinder engines paired to a new six speed automatic transmission that is capable of churning out about 148 lb ft of torque and 138 hp. Second, opting for the beefed up Sport Touring model upgrades you to an output of about 153 horsepower and 177 lb ft of torque. When come to the fuel economy, expect the all wheel drive options to return 30/23/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined and 33/25/28 mpg with the front wheel drive 2018 Buick Encore.