2018 Buick Encore Will Get Some Improvements


The Buick Encore is a popular small crossover, selling in reasonable numbers. It wasn’t that long ago that Buick gave it an update and refreshed a significant amount of it, for the 2018 model, we expect to see some minor upgrades and styling revisions.

Although there are some rumors of Buick giving it a completely new platform and architecture, we think it’s more likely that Buick will only include minor detailing on this version.

We’re still waiting for official confirmation for much of the details, but we’re reasonably confident in what we have here.

2018 Buick Encore Release date

We are pretty sure that the new 2018 Buick Encore will be available in the dealerships from around the middle part of 2017, perhaps just squeezing in to the third quarter.

2018 Buick Encore release date: mid-2017

Also read about the 2018 Enclave

2018 Buick Encore Price

Buick won’t be raising the prices significantly, the market is too competitive for that, so expect to see the new Encore starting in the region of $25,000, of course, trim levels and options will drive that price up quite significantly.

2018 Buick Encore Video

2018 Buick Encore Redesign and changes

If rumors are to be believed, Buick will be introducing the new Encore on an upgraded platform, this could lead to a reasonable reduction in weight also, although we aren’t actually sure that the rumors are correct.

We do know that Buick have gone for the cheap and easy options though; redesigned headlamps, front grille, fog lights and bumpers at the front, and a restyled rear end (and bumper) at the back.

There will also be completely restyled alloys to suit the new model.

2018 Buick Encore Specs

We don’t think that Buick will be changing the powertrain options, this means that there will be the same 1.4 liter 4-cylinder turbo motor fitted, perhaps in two power specifications; 140 BHP / 150 lb/ft and 155 BHP / 180 lb/ft. At most, Buick will be changing the fuelling strategy to help improve consumption, although at 30 MPG combined, it’s hardly thirsty.

All power will be sent to the front wheels as standard and all-wheels as an option via a 6-speed auto transmission.

2018 Buick Encore Interior

Inside the new Encore, there will be upgraded leather upholstery, new instrument cluster and all the usual tech that you’d expect in such a vehicle, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and an improved noise cancellation system.

2018 Buick Encore Colors

For 2018, we will also have three new exterior colors; Black Cherry Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic and White Frost Metallic.

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The 2018 Encore is likely to get only a slight update - new equipment, colors and some minor improvements.

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