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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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