2012 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Buick's new premium compact crossover will square off against the Audi Q3 and Acura RDX, among others.
- The 2013 Encore will arrive at Buick dealers in early 2013.
- Power comes from a 140-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed automatic.
DETROIT — After an extended striptease on Facebook, the 2013 Buick Encore finally comes out in the spotlight at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, about a year ahead of its anticipated arrival in U.S. showrooms.
The five-passenger Encore is built on General Motors' global compact crossover platform, and sits on a relatively short wheelbase of 100.6 inches. To be imported from GM Daewoo in Korea, the 2013 Encore will square off in the U.S. against such rivals as the Audi Q3 and the Acura RDX.
Power comes from a 140-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed automatic. Both front- and all-wheel-drive versions will be available.
The Encore will be well-equipped, with such standard features as blue-accented projector-beam headlamps, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, a full-color 7-inch LCD display radio and ice blue ambient lighting in the cockpit.
Among the available equipment: Voice-activated IntelliLink infotainment system, active noise cancellation, navigation, rear back-up camera, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bose premium sound system, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and front and rear park assist.
Edmunds.com says: Sassy-looking, but not much get-up-and-go.