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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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      Powertrain:
      Power for the Buick Cascada comes from a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic. The figures are impressive for this engine. But drop it into the Cascada and it is quite disappointing. Performance is very lethargic as the engine has to overcome the nearly two tons of Cascada. It feels like an eternity getting up to speed and you’ll find yourself putting the pedal to the floor to get the vehicle moving at a sufficient rate. EPA figures for the Cascada stand at 20 City/27 Highway/23 Combined. My average for the week landed at 21 mpg. 
      The Camaro’s engine lineup includes a 3.6L V6, turbocharged 2.0L four, and our SS tester’s 6.2L V8. The V8 pumps out 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. We had the optional eight-speed automatic, but you can get a six-speed manual. The V8 makes the Camaro Convertible stupidly fun. I found myself wanting to roll down the window at a stop light to tell the vehicle next to me “let me play you the song of my people” before stomping on the accelerator and having the V8 roar into life as the light turns green. The engine will pin you in your seat if you floor it and there is a never-ending stream of power throughout the rev range. A nice touch is the optional dual-mode exhaust system that only amplifies the noises of the V8. The eight-speed automatic is ofine around town and on the highway but stumbles somewhat in enthusiastic driving where it takes a moment to downshift when slowing down. Fuel economy for the Camaro SS Convertible stands at 17 City/28 Highway/20 Combined. I got about 19 mpg during my week-long test.
      Ride & Handling:
      Describing the ride and handling characteristics of the Cascada can be summed up in one word; smooth. Buick’s engineers tuned the Cascada’s suspension to deliver an almost magic carpet ride. Even with a set of twenty-inch wheels as standard equipment, the Cascada is able to deal with rough roads with no issues. Around corners, the Cascada feels planted and body roll is kept in check. But don’t plan on doing anything enthusiastic with it. The steering is a little bit too light for it. Drive it like a relaxed cruiser and you’ll enjoy it. Wind buffeting is minimal with either the windows rolled up or down.
      The Camaro Convertible is shocking as to how well it handles. Part of this comes down to optional Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system which limits body roll. Chevrolet engineers also worked on improving the structural rigidity of the Camaro. The combination makes the convertible just as good as the coupe in corners. Direction change is fast and there is plenty of grip coming from the meaty tires. Where the Camaro Convertible falters is the ride quality. The SS comes with a set of twenty-inch wheels. While they do look sharp, it makes for a somewhat unbearable ride. Bumps of any size are clearly transmitted to those sitting inside. MRC does its best to provide a comfortable ride, but it might be worth considering going down to a smaller wheel to improve the ride. Wind buffeting is kept in check with the windows up or down.
      Price:
      The 2016 Buick Cascada starts at $33,065 for the base model. Our up-level Premium starts at $36,065 and comes to an as-tested price of $37,385 thanks to the vehicle being finished in an optional blue color. You really don’t get much in terms of additional features when compared to the base Cascada aside from some additional safety features - front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert - and automatic wipers. Also for that amount of cash, you could with the Audi A3 cabriolet which offers a slightly more premium interior. But you would lose out on the larger back seat of the Cascada. You would be better off with the base Cascada.
      If you have your heart set on a Camaro Convertible, be ready to shell out the cash. The 2016 Camaro 2SS Convertible carries a base sticker of $48,300 - $6,005 more expensive than the coupe. Add on the list of options fitted to our tester such as the eight-speed automatic, magnetic ride control, and dual-mode exhaust system and you’ll end up with an as-tested price of $54,075. I’ll give you a moment to pick yourself up from the floor due to the price shock. The Camaro is nice car all-around, but is it really worth dropping $54,000?! We’re not so sure. 
      Verdict:
      Both of vehicles have issues that don’t make them as appealing. The Cascada’s engine either needs to be kicked to the curb or head off to the gym to get a bit more power. It would nice if Buick could also figure how to put in the dash from the updated Encore into the Cascada, although that might prove to be an engineering nightmare and something that would be better suited for the next-generation model. The Camaro Convertible’s price tag will make a number of people and their bank accounts cry. Also for being a convertible, the Camaro still feels as claustrophobic as the coupe.
      But when you drop the tops in both models, you forget all about the issues. Instead, you begin to take in the sky and rush of the wind. This makes you remember why you bought a convertible, to enjoy the feeling of openness. It is only when you put the top back up that makes you wonder if you can live with the issues. In the case of the Cascada, the answer is no. The Camaro is a maybe.
       
       
      Disclaimer: General Motors Provided the Cascada and Camaro; Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Buick
      Model: Cascada
      Trim: Premium
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.6L SIDI DOHC with VVT
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 200 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 207 @ 1,800 - 4,500, 221 @ 2,200 - 4,000 (with overboost)
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 20/27/23
      Curb Weight: 3,979 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Gliwice, Poland
      Base Price: $36,065
      As Tested Price: $37,385 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Deep Sky Metallic - $395.00
      Year: 2016
      Make: Chevrolet
      Model: Camaro Convertible
      Trim: SS
      Engine: 6.2L VVT DI V8
      Driveline: Rear-Wheel Drive, Eight-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 455 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 455 @ 4,400
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 17/28/20
      Curb Weight: 3,966 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lansing, MI
      Base Price: $48,300
      As Tested Price: $54,075 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Magnetic Ride Control - $1,695.00
      Eight-Speed Automatic - $1,495.00
      Dual-Mode Exhaust - $895.00
      Chevrolet MyLink with Navigation - $495.00
      20" 5-Split Spoke Aluminum Wheels - $200.00
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      The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse are well past their sell-by-date. GM knows this and will be introducing new versions of both within the next year. We haven't seen any spy shots of either model, til today.
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      Chevrolet
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