Jump to content
Create New...
  • William Maley
    William Maley

    Detroit 2012: Hello Buick Encore

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    December 14, 2011

    Next month's Detroit Auto Show is becoming more interesting as the days go by, with the new Dodge Dart, Mercedes-Benz SL, Cadillac ATS, Honda Accord, three Acuras, and now the Buick Encore.

    Buick released their first teaser shot of the new small crossover this afternoon. From what the picture shows the Encore will carry many Buick design trademarks, including a chrome waterfall grille, porthole vents and almond-shaped headlights with xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with a blueish hue.

    Buick has also revealed the Encore will feature "QuietTuning" technology and will offer a similar feature and options packages to current Buick vehicles.

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    YIKES... Buick Vue/Captiva, anyone? The raised patch on the bumper, general headlamp shape, tumblehome angle and side mirror all scream "LAST-GEN VUE" to me... I hope I'm wrong-o. Didn't they try this once already, only to be shouted down by the universally negative reaction?

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    YIKES... Buick Vue/Captiva, anyone? The raised patch on the bumper, general headlamp shape, tumblehome angle and side mirror all scream "LAST-GEN VUE" to me... I hope I'm wrong-o. Didn't they try this once already, only to be shouted down by the universally negative reaction?

    If you will recall right after bankruptcy they were going to sell the VUE as a rebadged Buick but Big Ed Whitacre scuttled the whole program. This is a clean-sheet design and it's smaller than the Vue/Antara/Captiva/whatever.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    While I do think Buick needs a small SUV to capture female buyers and those jettisoned by the departure of the Mercury Mariner, this is pretty boring to me. I suppose it will be more of a compact, like CR-V size compared to Equinox/Terrain size to avoid more GM overlap.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Here is the Opel version that got leaked

    http://www.burlappcars.com/2011/12/2013-buick-encoreopel.html

    It's obvious that this and the Encore are basically the same if you look at mirrors headlights etc... Obviously the Buick has higher-spec lights and a slightly tweaked fascia up front (and judging by the Opel looks out back, hopefully there too). Otherwise, this is the car, gents.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Ohhhhh man. Glad I was wrong about it being an obsolete Theta. But, it's so tineh, isn't it precious? They have sufficiently Buick-ized the Astra and Insignia, and based on the single teaser, perhaps it'll be OK, maybe even cool. Thanks, vonVee, for doing some research.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Ok..so if the Buick version is based on the Opel version, this is going to be probably around the size of Ford's upcoming B-Max (Fiesta-based CUV) or the Sportage.. Smaller than the Edge, CR-V, etc...kind of a subcompact CUV.

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Here is the Opel version that got leaked

    http://www.burlappca...encoreopel.html

    It's obvious that this and the Encore are basically the same if you look at mirrors headlights etc... Obviously the Buick has higher-spec lights and a slightly tweaked fascia up front (and judging by the Opel looks out back, hopefully there too). Otherwise, this is the car, gents.

    thats not a leak, it's a bad photoshop

    Ok..so if the Buick version is based on the Opel version, this is going to be probably around the size of Ford's upcoming B-Max (Fiesta-based CUV) or the Sportage.. Smaller than the Edge, CR-V, etc...kind of a subcompact CUV.

    You are correct. It will be smaller and lighter than the Equinox by a large margin.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Still can't get into these tall cars they look awkward and tipsy. I know they won't tip unless pushed to very high limits of traction at side thrust angles. But to my eye they look all wrong. Build it make money and please build a proper wagon for people of my ilk.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Hope the Chevy version has AWD, this would really be a big hit for young college crowd starting out that needs AWD to get up the mountain to snowboard and still needs high fuel milage. I think a small AWD CUV like this could be a big hit for Chevy.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Or a Kappa like Nomad wagon instead :2cents:

    While I loved the Nomad concept they did if I am thinking of the same vehicle as you, I get the impression it would not be successful. So many people sy they are not interested in a station wagon. A small AWD CUV would be best for Chevy.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Yet the Mini is the coolest of the kool :wacko:

    You must be thinking of all the people who bought them after that movie came out with them driving down the steps into the subway station and disappearing with the gold.

    Naw who wants a auto with 123 defects per 100 cars built????

    The mini is sooooooo over rated.

    If it was not for BMW's deep pockets, I do not think it would be around still today.

    Edited by dfelt
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    The Buick better than many and as good as some in class on the road. It sould do well as it will offer comfort not given by others.

    The Mini is cool but has had a history of flaws. If it were not for the retro looks and image I imagine the car would have long ago failed.

    But with the numbers of Mini's sold you can not say BMW did anything wrong. The car has been a world wide cash cow for the company.

    The car may be over rated but it has image and it sells. It also can be fun to drive with the right bits. Keep in mind I am also not a brainwash follower of BMW. Never really liked them or wanted one so I do have to give a well done nod to the Mini and what BMW pulled off.

    Edited by hyperv6
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    My wife is enamored with the Buick Encore, it's something she has not stopped talking about since she laid eyes on it at the NYIAS in April. She constantly asks me to find out when the dealer will have one on the lot for a test drive, and I know she's cooking something up in her head about putting one in the driveway. Her dream car, the LaCrosse, is out of our financial means at this time but the Encore appealed to her as a daily commuter type car. Even if the Chevy was offered in the States, I doubt she would consider it. These cars are not my cup of tea, but it's likely the Buick will grace my driveway.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    +1

    Albert likes the Encore a lot as well. It will likely supplement the CR-V eventually. Since the CR-V is paid off, we are just putting a "car payment" into savings for now and will buy the Encore as an additional car and then I can use the CR-V to beat up on.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I asked our owner when we would be seeing the Encore, he said he didn't expect one before February.

    I believe that beginning of January is when the builds start. I wouldn't expect to see them in dealership any earlier than march or april..

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I asked our owner when we would be seeing the Encore, he said he didn't expect one before February.

    You work for a Buick-GMC dealership? Is the owner going to Las Vegas for the annual dealers meeting? If yes, he'll be the lucky one for sure - he'll get to see the new GMC Sierra!!

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Saw a couple pics of it in the latest Car & Driver and on Autoblog today.the interior looked very nice, very classy and Buick-like..not the usual cheap gray pit of despair one usually finds in a subcompact.

    Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar
    • Agree 2
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    It will be interesting to see how this one does as it is really a vehicle out of the norm for Buick and it will take new people coming to Buick to make it successful. It has a lot going for it but a lot for it to make it they will need to bring in a new class of buyers but that is what Buick has needed to do. This is the one that could bring the most younger buyers yet.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    It's like the Buick reincarnation of the Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix, just a little smaller.. I cannot bring myself to call it a CUV but I guess any hatchback with a few extra inches ground clearance is one these days.

    • Agree 1
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    It will be interesting to see how this one does as it is really a vehicle out of the norm for Buick and it will take new people coming to Buick to make it successful. It has a lot going for it but a lot for it to make it they will need to bring in a new class of buyers but that is what Buick has needed to do. This is the one that could bring the most younger buyers yet.

    Buick is trying to do what Mercury tried but failed at. And that's ok. Just because Mercury failed, doesn't mean Buick will. For one, the Buick versions of each car are different enough that a person couldn't just go over to a Chevy dealer and get the identical car. There won't be a Chevy version of the Encore in the states, the Verano is different enough with better levels of equipment and engines than the Cruze, Regal v. Malibu is no comparison for someone looking for a premium sedan and the same goes for Enclave v. Traverse.

    The only one that concerns me is Lacrosse v. Impala, but I expect we will be seeing a newly refreshed Lacrosse very soon.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    It's like the Buick reincarnation of the Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix...

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing on my drive in to work today. And my wife was a big fan of the last Pontiac Vibe, she really wanted the '09 Vibe GT instead of the G6 when we bought in 2008 (thankfully, the incentives on the G6 and none on the Vibe helped my battle). I'm pretty sure that's the reason she likes the Encore so much, it reminds her of that (Vibe) and the other Buick she had (leased) that she loved - her 2003 Rendezvous (though this is much, much smaller :lol: ).

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I am not sure how I feel on this one. From what I saw of the one I did look at it has points I love and parts I am not sure about yet. I really need to see one out on the road to fully decide what I think.

    The area of the A pillar and front fender has a odd look to it in a Chevy Spark kind of way.

    But I hated the Terrain when I first saw it and it grew on me to the point I have on in the Garage.

    Never say never.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    It will be interesting to see how this one does as it is really a vehicle out of the norm for Buick and it will take new people coming to Buick to make it successful. It has a lot going for it but a lot for it to make it they will need to bring in a new class of buyers but that is what Buick has needed to do. This is the one that could bring the most younger buyers yet.

    Buick is trying to do what Mercury tried but failed at. And that's ok. Just because Mercury failed, doesn't mean Buick will. For one, the Buick versions of each car are different enough that a person couldn't just go over to a Chevy dealer and get the identical car. There won't be a Chevy version of the Encore in the states, the Verano is different enough with better levels of equipment and engines than the Cruze, Regal v. Malibu is no comparison for someone looking for a premium sedan and the same goes for Enclave v. Traverse.

    The only one that concerns me is Lacrosse v. Impala, but I expect we will be seeing a newly refreshed Lacrosse very soon.

    Ford failed with Mercury because they just tried to change badges and add chrome to a Ford. They are failing with Lincoln in the same way.

    I would not worry about the Lacrosse as it already will has a better interior but it will improve in many was very soon. This is why GM has moved the Impala to where it is as the know what is coming. I also expect the Lacrosse to get a Turbo enigne that the Impala will not see.

    We can not judge GM too much yet as all the parts of the puzzle are not in place and we will see some gaps and overlap till they get a few more years down the road.

    While there will not be a Chevy or GMC version I wonder how the Delta II versions of the Nox and Terrain will impact the Encore. They will be priced similar and have more room.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I asked our owner when we would be seeing the Encore, he said he didn't expect one before February.

    You work for a Buick-GMC dealership? Is the owner going to Las Vegas for the annual dealers meeting? If yes, he'll be the lucky one for sure - he'll get to see the new GMC Sierra!!

    Yeah, they always go (brothers). But they never spill any secrets unfortunately...

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Buick is trying to do what Mercury tried but failed at. And that's ok. Just because Mercury failed, doesn't mean Buick will. For one, the Buick versions of each car are different enough that a person couldn't just go over to a Chevy dealer and get the identical car. There won't be a Chevy version of the Encore in the states, the Verano is different enough with better levels of equipment and engines than the Cruze, Regal v. Malibu is no comparison for someone looking for a premium sedan and the same goes for Enclave v. Traverse.

    The only one that concerns me is Lacrosse v. Impala, but I expect we will be seeing a newly refreshed Lacrosse very soon.

    Agreed. As for the LaCrosse, we'll see (I think) it being replaced by a much more luxurious car than the current one as it will have to be placed above the Impala and take the retail space of the XTS (as the LTS comes online), while the Regal/Insignia will be replaced by an Alpha sedan.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites



    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • google-news-icon.png



  • google-news-icon.png

  • Subscribe to Cheers & Gears

    Cheers and Gears Logo

    Since 2001 we've brought you real content and honest opinions, not AI-generated stuff with no feeling or opinions influenced by the manufacturers.

    Please consider subscribing. Subscriptions can be as little as $1.75 a month, and a paid subscription drops most ads.*
     

    You can view subscription options here.

    *a very limited number of ads contain special coupon deals for our members and will show

  • Community Hive Community Hive

    Community Hive allows you to follow your favorite communities all in one place.

    Follow on Community Hive
  • Posts

    • That's hella ugly, but people will buy it because it says "off road"   Look at how it tackles that gravel road that a Nissan Sentra could easily navigate.
    • True, but some larger apartment complexes or parking garages could put in level 2 chargers, maybe even level 1 for places like an airport extended parking.  If people have their car sit 12 hours at their apartment, or 8 hours in a parking garage while at work, there is opportunity there also for charing without having to build out expensive super chargers. And really it is rural America that should be embracing EV's way more because there aren't many gas stations when you get into farm country, you might have to drive 30-40 minutes to find a gas station in some parts of rural America, but they have houses with electricity and can easily charge.  
    • Meh, just another forgettable appliance...styling very similar to the Polstar something something...
    • The caveat is that not everyone can charge at home.   People in apartment buildings or rental houses without exterior plugs can't buy EVs? We need the network to be extensive, so that means Tesla AND Chargepoint AND Electrify America AND Walmart AND IONNA so that everyone can use an EV even if they can't charge at home. And that's also what the big range batteries are for because if you always have to charge publicly, you don't want to have to do it that often.
    • This is good news, they need to get these chargers built because even though most people would charge at home, you still need the charge network big enough so range anxiety isn't a thing.  Because really people have charge anxiety, I think 300 miles is plenty of range and all these EV's do that, Ford's research I think said people drive more than 150 miles in a day only days per year.  So no sense buying cars with huge batteries that are super expensive, if the chargers are there and you can easily recharge if out away from home.
  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • My Clubs

×
×
  • Create New...

Hey there, we noticed you're using an ad-blocker. We're a small site that is supported by ads or subscriptions. We rely on these to pay for server costs and vehicle reviews.  Please consider whitelisting us in your ad-blocker, or if you really like what you see, you can pick up one of our subscriptions for just $1.75 a month or $15 a year. It may not seem like a lot, but it goes a long way to help support real, honest content, that isn't generated by an AI bot.

See you out there.

Drew
Editor-in-Chief

Write what you are looking for and press enter or click the search icon to begin your search