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    Leaked! 2017 Buick Encore


    • Whoops! The 2017 Buick Encore makes an early debut

    Buick was hoping to keep the curtain closed on 2017 Encore before its debut at the New York Auto Show. But a Chinese website has ruined that.

     

    auto.tom.com got their hands on some leaked photos of the Chinese-market Buick Encore which matches up perfectly with the updated Opel/Vauxhall Mokka that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show with a revised front end. This is likely what we'll be seeing in a couple weeks time at New York.

     

    It is expected that the Encore will have the turbocharged SIDI 1.4 four-cylinder (found in the Touring model with 153 horsepower), along with a revised dashboard and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

     

    Source: auto.tom.com

     

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    I have to say I really like the new Encore. A much more agressive body style over the current Encore that was also very nice.

     

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    An appropriate update.

    Drew, did we not have a story about the Opel version of this and it had interior pictures? I was wanting to compare it with the current Encore to see how it looks.

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    An appropriate update.

    Drew, did we not have a story about the Opel version of this and it had interior pictures? I was wanting to compare it with the current Encore to see how it looks.

     

     

    It's the first link William provided in the article.

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    An appropriate update.

    Drew, did we not have a story about the Opel version of this and it had interior pictures? I was wanting to compare it with the current Encore to see how it looks.

     

     

    It's the first link William provided in the article.

     

    +1 to you.

     

    DOH - Did I brain fart that big time.  This dash will be a much nicer update to an already successful CUV.

     

    Thank you,

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    I don't like that they traced curves for straight lines.  And it looks like this new Encore was styled by Mazda or Subaru.

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    The new face grill of Buick is much better than the waterfall. It fits today's smaller cars better.

    I like the loss of the useless port holes too.

    From what I have heard the new engine is just what it needed as it finally has enough power to make most happy.

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    I'm actually fine with the 2016 look. It is a bit more elegant in its styling of the front where as this is more sporty. I guess Its really about what U are after. Considering the demographic, and the sales... I would think the waterfall was fine. Hopefully this change is accepted by the target

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    The new face grill of Buick is much better than the waterfall. It fits today's smaller cars better.

    I like the loss of the useless port holes too.

    From what I have heard the new engine is just what it needed as it finally has enough power to make most happy.

    It's still waterfall, just blacked out

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    The new face grill of Buick is much better than the waterfall. It fits today's smaller cars better.

    I like the loss of the useless port holes too.

    From what I have heard the new engine is just what it needed as it finally has enough power to make most happy.

    It's still waterfall, just blacked out

    If you really don't see it blacked out is it really there? LOL!

    Either way the large toothy grin that worked well in the early 50's is gone. The Sweep is the focus now and plays much better with the size of car they are working with.

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    I equally like both generations.

     

    I really dont know yet how I feel about the loss of the toothy waterfall grill.

    I know I like the new grille. I just dont know if Im ready to let go of the toothy waterfall grill just yet.

    I guess it really is time to retire the toothy waterfall grill as Hyper mentioned, the 1950s are long gone.

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    We have an overgrown kid (he's about 40, with a shaved head, tats and ear gauges) who works in our detail department.  He bought a CX-3 and he's a huge import geek, but I happened to cross paths with him after he cleaned and parked a customer's 2014 Encore, and he was gushing over it like a school girl.  When I told him it is currently Buick's best seller, his eyes rolled back a little.  Conclusion:  he really digs the Encore.

     

    I think the new look will only serve to increase sales to new heights, it's like the perfect answer to what people want these days in a car.  Only thing missing for me from the new one is ventiports, which I feel are an essential part of Buick DNA... it helps the unwashed masses separate Buick from Kia or any other make.

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    We have an overgrown kid (he's about 40, with a shaved head, tats and ear gauges) who works in our detail department.  He bought a CX-3 and he's a huge import geek, but I happened to cross paths with him after he cleaned and parked a customer's 2014 Encore, and he was gushing over it like a school girl.  When I told him it is currently Buick's best seller, his eyes rolled back a little.  Conclusion:  he really digs the Encore.

     

    I think the new look will only serve to increase sales to new heights, it's like the perfect answer to what people want these days in a car.  Only thing missing for me from the new one is ventiports, which I feel are an essential part of Buick DNA... it helps the unwashed masses separate Buick from Kia or any other make.

     

     

    Agree with you there....

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    We have an overgrown kid (he's about 40, with a shaved head, tats and ear gauges) who works in our detail department.  He bought a CX-3 and he's a huge import geek, but I happened to cross paths with him after he cleaned and parked a customer's 2014 Encore, and he was gushing over it like a school girl.  When I told him it is currently Buick's best seller, his eyes rolled back a little.  Conclusion:  he really digs the Encore.

     

    I think the new look will only serve to increase sales to new heights, it's like the perfect answer to what people want these days in a car.  Only thing missing for me from the new one is ventiports, which I feel are an essential part of Buick DNA... it helps the unwashed masses separate Buick from Kia or any other make.

     

     

    Agree with you there....

     

    I understand the point you both are making but for most, the baby boomer generation and the vent ports in this case being fake were just bling and I do not see the bulk of the public wanting that kind of fake bling.

     

    Plus if they are going to have vent ports, then since this is a 4 banger, have 2 on each side not the top of the hood and have them vent the real heat from underneath out and down the side of the auto.

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    We have an overgrown kid (he's about 40, with a shaved head, tats and ear gauges) who works in our detail department.  He bought a CX-3 and he's a huge import geek, but I happened to cross paths with him after he cleaned and parked a customer's 2014 Encore, and he was gushing over it like a school girl.  When I told him it is currently Buick's best seller, his eyes rolled back a little.  Conclusion:  he really digs the Encore.

     

    I think the new look will only serve to increase sales to new heights, it's like the perfect answer to what people want these days in a car.  Only thing missing for me from the new one is ventiports, which I feel are an essential part of Buick DNA... it helps the unwashed masses separate Buick from Kia or any other make.

     

     

    Agree with you there....

     

    I understand the point you both are making but for most, the baby boomer generation and the vent ports in this case being fake were just bling and I do not see the bulk of the public wanting that kind of fake bling.

     

    Plus if they are going to have vent ports, then since this is a 4 banger, have 2 on each side not the top of the hood and have them vent the real heat from underneath out and down the side of the auto.

     

     

    The number of ports had nothing to do with the number of cylinders..... pretty much ever.

     

    It was a denotation of the series of car.   Buick Specials always had 3 ports on each side, but also always came with an 8 cylinder  (edit: Till 1961)

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    ^ That is an interesting history note as I was always led to believe the ports  went with Cylinder count.

     

    Thanks for the info Drew.

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    Yes the ports increased often because the higher class car came with the larger engine.

    The ports are lost on most people today as they appear like cheap tack on's from Rock Auto. Now if they were better intergrated into the styling that is fine but today a clean look is appreciated and slapping them on top of the hood just for good old times sake does not make it appealing.

    The fact is how many people buy a Buick just for the vent ports? Odds are greater that more appeal is lost with gaining new customers because of tacked on cheese than are gained for leaving them on.

    The ports have been used by many over the years and abused buy the aftermarket. Right now the appeal is just not there.

    One of the best Buick's of all time the 63-65 Riv had no ports.

    Now on the Avista the large sweeping port works and fits the car so then you could be justified in wanting one. As for the small CUV with hardly a fender and not all that much hood there is little justification to leave it on.

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    I think the last time (and possibly the only time in several DECADES) the ventiports were functional was in the GNX.  And before that... gosh, Balthy will have to answer that question.

     

    Buick design ethos has always, at its best, had an element of romance.  The ventiports are a part of that.

     

    PPL who go to Pep Boys and purchase lame fender vents to stick on their Prizms and Civics need to be deported.  Just because they sully the Buick name by doing so.

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    While I like the Buick... I have come to realize I fundamentally disagree with this segment.

     

    You trade a fair bit of space and put down a lot more money for a subcompact crossover that has a higher ride height and AWD compared to compact car.

     

    Granted, I see why putting AWD and jacking up a compact car would make a ton of sense. If you can't make money on small cars ya damn well figure out how. 

     

    There's deals to be had in other vehicles that are becoming slower sellers. 

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    i think the loss of bling from the grill makes the front seem a little more pedestrian but really its not a big deal.  Some will prefer the toned down look too.

     

    The big deal here is the new motor and most importantly, the new dash, the old dash is looking terribly dated.

     

    This is one of GM's very good products and it should continue to be a great seller for Buick.

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    I think the last time (and possibly the only time in several DECADES) the ventiports were functional was in the GNX.  And before that... gosh, Balthy will have to answer that question.

     

    Buick design ethos has always, at its best, had an element of romance.  The ventiports are a part of that.

     

    PPL who go to Pep Boys and purchase lame fender vents to stick on their Prizms and Civics need to be deported.  Just because they sully the Buick name by doing so.

     

    The last time the Ventiports were functional was the 2008 - 2009 Buick LaCrosse Super.

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    The new face grill of Buick is much better than the waterfall. It fits today's smaller cars better.

    I like the loss of the useless port holes too.

    From what I have heard the new engine is just what it needed as it finally has enough power to make most happy.

    It's still waterfall, just blacked out

     

    If you really don't see it blacked out is it really there? LOL!

     

     

    ..... yes

     

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    The Encore pictures we've seen so far are really tiny.  I expect the grille to be a virtual copy of the 2017 Lacrosse.

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      Consumer Reports 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey: Buick Becomes First Domestic to Reach the Top Three
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      There was trouble, too, for one of the imports: Honda’s popular Civic model proved to have “much-worse-than-average” reliability due to problems with its power equipment and infotainment systems. The Civic was North American Car of the Year for 2016.
      Buick, General Motors’ near-luxury brand, has been hovering in the top 10 of CR’s brand reliability rankings for the past few years. But CR’s latest findings show Buick has joined Lexus and Toyota on the podium for the first time since the organization began tracking brand performance in the early 1980s. Chevrolet ranks as the second-best domestic brand and is in 15th place overall among the 29 brands covered.
      Consumer Reports—the world’s largest and most trusted consumer nonprofit—first published its annual brand reliability rankings in 2001. That initial analysis showed that domestic nameplate vehicles had been lagging behind Japanese and European imports for the previous 20 years. Factoring in that history makes Buick’s third-place finish the highest for any American brand in more than 35 years.
      “Buick’s achievement is commendable and sure to be a wake-up call to other manufacturers,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing. “One reason why the brand has been able to leapfrog others in the General Motors’ stable has been its limited vehicle lineup--with none of the pickups and truck-based SUVs that have negatively impacted Cadillac and Chevrolet.”
      All of the Asian nameplates scored among the top half of the 29 brands tested, accounting for seven of the top 10 spots. Lexus and Toyota continued their domination, finishing in first and second place for the fourth straight year. All nine Lexus models CR rated had better-than-average reliability, as would have Toyota, had it not been for the below average score of the redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup truck.
      Among the other Asian brands, Infiniti made the biggest gain, while Acura was up six spots and Nissan moved up two. All Mazda models remained above average except for the new CX-3 small SUV, which came in at average. Kia and Hyundai continue to surge up the rankings, coming in at five and seven this year. No Kia or Hyundai models scored below average.
      Honda has continued with its erratic trajectory, making landfall at number 10 among all brands. Usually a top finisher known for reliability, the brand has been hurt by new introductions. In addition to the new Civic, the redesigned Pilot SUV was just average.
      Historically a strong performer, Subaru is an example of how smaller manufacturers can be helped—or hindered—by the performance of one or two models. Subaru fell out of the top 10, hurt by the 2016 Legacy and Outback falling to average, and the sporty WRX/STi dropping to below average.
      Reliability improvements helped some luxury brands move up. Infiniti jumped 16 spots to number eight, but the brand still runs hot and cold. The older QX50 SUV and Q70 sedan had top scores, but the newer QX60 SUV and Q50 sedan were below average. BMW also moved into the top 10, with the 5 Series, X5, and i3 improving to average.
      Audi has had several years of upward progress, and it continues to rank in the top five. The new Q7 and the Q3 SUVs were very reliable. Other European brands continue their inconsistency. Mercedes was one of the big movers, jumping four spots to number 17. The 2016 GLC, which replaced the reliable GLK, launched with well-above-average reliability, and the GLA and GLE SUVs were average. But the large GLS SUV was among the 20 most trouble-prone new cars in the survey, and the C- and S-Class sedans remained unreliable.
      Volkswagen and Volvo, however, tumbled. Aside from the Tiguan SUV, all other VW models had below average reliability. The redesigned XC90 was the big culprit in Volvo’s plunge to the bottom third ranking, with its touch-screen infotainment and climate systems being particularly problematic.
      Transmissions with more ratios and advanced drivetrains continue to be a challenge for a number of brands. While the Acura TLX and Jeep Cherokee have seen improvements in the reliability of their nine-speed automatics, earlier models are still problematic. Ford’s dual-clutch automatic transmission continues to afflict the Fiesta and Focus, which is one reason they are among the lowest-scoring models. Likewise, early versions of the current Nissan Pathfinder and similar Infiniti QX60 SUVs continue to suffer from problems with their continuously variable transmissions.
      Other GM marques did not fare as well as Buick. Chevrolet saw gains, moving up five spots since last year. It was helped in particular by the stellar reliability of the redesigned 2016 Cruze, which topped all compact cars, and the Corvette, which moved up to average. Cadillac has two models with below-average reliability—the Escalade and small ATS sedan—while the CTS and XTS sedans were average or better. GMC has dropped, hurt by its versions of the same large SUVs and pickup trucks that haunt Chevrolet.
      Consumer Reports requires at least two models with sufficient data in order to be included in its brand reliability rankings. With the introduction of the new Model X SUV, Tesla is now included and is ranked toward the bottom, at 25th. The Model X launched with abundant problems, including frequent malfunctions of the falcon-wing doors, water leaks, and infotainment and climate-control system problems. The Model S gained ground this year, improving to average reliability.
      Fiat-Chrysler continues its turbulent voyage. The Fiat 500L, the most trouble-prone new car for the past two years, is now only the seventh-most troublesome. No Fiat or Ram vehicle managed even an average reliability rating. Only the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, and Jeep Patriot SUV managed an average or better score.
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