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2016 BUICK ENCORE

Buick Encore 2016

New for 2016

  • Encore Sport Touring with all-new 1.4L turbo rated at an estimated 153 hp (112 kW) and featuring unique exterior cues
  • Exterior colors: River Rock Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic and Summit White
  • Revised 18-inch, seven-spoke “Ultra-Bright” wheel finish

Product Information

2016 BUICK ENCORE DELIVERS BIG SAFETY, LUXURY IN A SMALL PACKAGE

Buick Encore continues to attract new customers to the brand, enticed by the small crossover’s unique package of luxury features, efficiency and safety. Its lineup grows this year with the new Encore Sport Touring, featuring an all-new and exclusive 1.4L turbo engine offering more power than the Encore’s standard engine and unique exterior cues.

Encore was named Best Compact Crossover/SUV in Kelley Blue Book’s 2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards – the second consecutive year it earned the accolade. And when it comes to safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave both front- and all-wheel drive 2015 Encore models a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in its New Car Assessment Program.

It was also named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

The 2016 Encore is offered in five trim levels: Encore (1SB), Encore Convenience (1SD), Encore Sport Touring (1SH), Encore Leather (1SL) and Encore Premium (1SN). All models offer room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of storage space, along with a confident, higher driving position.

Standard features include 10 air bags, StabiliTrak stability enhancement and a 138-horsepower (102 kW) Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain – rated at 33 mpg on the highway (FWD models) – along with technologies such as Buick’s voice-activated IntelliLink and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot (includes a three-month/3GB data trial).

Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning is also standard and includes Bose® Active Noise Cancellation technology.

Encore offers available safety features including rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert systems with the Convenience Package. Encore Premium models offer front- and rear-park assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Experience Buick Protection on all 2016 Buick models includes the first two visits of scheduled maintenance services for two years/24,000 miles, whichever occurs first. It complements Buick’s four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

All-new Encore Sport Touring
The new Encore Sport Touring is a more spirited take on the popular crossover. It is distinguished by unique exterior cues and driven by an exclusive, all-new 1.4L turbocharged engine featuring direct injection and stop/start technology.

The exterior features include a winged rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum premium-finish wheels and body-color door handles, while the technologically advanced 1.4L turbo is part of a new, global family of small, power-dense engines developed to balance performance and efficiency with exceptional refinement.

Direct injection helps it generate an estimated at 153 hp (112 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm), for about 11 percent more horsepower and nearly 20 percent more torque than the Encore’s standard engine – and a greater feeling of power on demand, particularly at low- and mid-range engine speeds. It’s matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Stop/start technology further contributes to reduced fuel consumption in stop-and-go driving. It automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

Design details
Encore’s sculpted styling identifies it as a contemporary Buick. Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels. Standard body-color door handles with chrome strips and a styled, stainless steel exhaust tip add to the premium look.

Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps further enhance the Encore exterior; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard. Seven-spoke Ultra-Bright aluminum wheels are available.

Nine exterior colors include a lower accent color: Quicksilver Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Summit White, Winterberry Red Metallic and Coastal Blue Metallic (with Dark Argent Metallic lower accent); River Rock Metallic and Rosewood Metallic (with Dark Cocoa Ash lower accent); and White Pearl Tricoat (Satin Nickel Metallic accent).

Inside, the Encore’s distinctive styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels. A prominent central instrument panel houses the seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display for the standard IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM Satellite Radio and standard rearview camera, as well as the available GPS-enabled navigation system.

An all-Ebony or a contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented with ice-blue ambient lighting and select use of chrome and woodgrain trim. Premium seats feature high-density foam for greater comfort on long drives. They are trimmed in either cloth/leatherette or available premium leather.

Encore features ample storage, including eight beverage holders, storage in all four doors, four bins in the dash, pockets in the seatbacks and bins under the rear load floor around the spare tire. It offers 18.8 cubic feet (532 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) with the rear seat folded. The front passenger seat also folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate items up to eight feet long.

Interior upholstery and color combinations include: upscale cloth with leatherette accents in a choice of Ebony or Medium Titanium with Ebony accents; and leather-appointed seats in a choice of Ebony, Medium Titanium with Ebony accents, and Saddle with Cocoa accents.

Encore interior and exterior – standard and available features
The Encore (1SB) is generously equipped with the following standard features and more: 

  • Ten standard air bags, including side curtain and knee air bags
  • Air conditioning
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Rearview camera
  • QuietTuning with Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
  • OnStar (with six months of Guidance service)
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Ice-blue interior ambient lighting
  • Upscale cloth seating with leatherette accents
  • Heated outside rearview mirrors with signal indicators
  • Six-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment
  • Power windows with driver express up/down and front/rear passenger express down
  • Seven-inch-diagonal, high-resolution, full-color display radio with Buick IntelliLink, AM/FM/Sirius XM (three months of service) SiriusXM Travel Link and Tune Select (requires subscription), stereo with CD player, auxiliary input jack, six speakers, USB port and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for select phones
  • Leather-wrapped wheel with infotainment and cruise controls
  • Color-keyed, carpeted front and rear floor mats
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Roof-mounted luggage rails
  • Dual gloveboxes
  • Theft-deterrent system
  • Variable-effort electric power steering
  • Eighteen-inch cast aluminum wheels.

Encore trim levels progressively add standard equipment with packages available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models:

Encore Convenience (1SD) – Adds Convenience package: Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, remote vehicle starter, electrochromic inside rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, 120-volt outlet and fog lamps.

Encore Sport Touring (1SH) – Features exclusive 1.4L turbo engine and Convenience package content, which includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, remote vehicle starter, electrochromic inside rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, 120-volt outlet, and fog lamps. All-wheel drive, a premium Bose® audio system, navigation radio and a moonroof are available.

Encore Leather (1SL) – Adds Leather package: leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, power passenger seat, heated front seats and driver memory package.

Encore Premium (1SN) – Adds Rainsense wipers, premium Bose seven-speaker audio system, front and rear park assist, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure warning, cargo net and cargo mat. 

Options include the premium Bose audio system (Encore Convenience and Leather); GPS-enabled navigation (Encore Convenience, Leather and Premium); 18-inch Ultra-Bright aluminum wheels (Encore Convenience, Leather and Premium); moonroof (Encore Convenience, Leather and Premium); and an oil pan heater.

IntelliLink and OnStar with 4G LTE
Encore’s IntelliLink system gives customers the best of both worlds when it comes to infotainment. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is also highly customizable and capable of linking multiple devices such as smartphones, USBs and MP3 players, giving users more ways of staying connected.

Connectivity and convenience includes Text Messaging Alerts for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone 4s or later, with iOS 6 or later, to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones safely stored and hands on the wheel.

In addition to icons covering everything from navigation to phone to Pandora, IntelliLink is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements and be highly customizable. It also incorporates natural language voice recognition that allows customers to safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do.

The IntelliLink system’s seven-inch-diagonal color screen also serves as the display for the standard rearview camera system and available navigation system, as well as the controller for Encore’s audio system. A premium, seven-speaker Bose audio system with amplifier is available on Convenience and Leather models and is standard on the Premium model.

Complementing IntelliLink to enhance Encore’s connectivity is OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, after which customers can purchase additional data. If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Guidance includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as turn-by-turn navigation.

Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer to simplify service scheduling.

QuietTuning gets ‘active’
Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning is designed to block or absorb sound and dampen or eliminate vibrations. For the Encore, specific content was applied to achieve 30 sound benchmarks for refinement, including Buick’s first application of Bose Active Noise Cancellation. It uses ceiling-mounted microphones to detect audible engine noise, the frequencies of which are processed by a computer that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers and subwoofer.

Additional standard QuietTuning features include:

  • Acoustically treated headliner with a tuned gap between it and the high-strength-steel roof panel
  • Sound-absorbing materials in the cabin, under the hood and in the wheel house liners
  • Quiet-tuned 18-inch Continental tires
  • Aero-optimized outside mirrors
  • Ultra-quiet engine alternator
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield and thicker, 5mm side window glass
  • Foam baffle insulation at the opening of body structure cavities.

Standard turbocharged performance
Buick Encore’s standard engine is an efficient, power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It generates an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps it deliver a better driving experience and performance. 

The 1.4L’s turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A reinforced crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional strength to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque over a wide rpm band. 

A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission backs the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine. It is part of a family of six-speed front- and all-wheel-drive transaxles developed for small cars and crossovers. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.

The Hydra-Matic 6T40 offers a “steep” first gear and a “tall” overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows the Encore to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds.

Encore Sport Touring’s new 1.4L turbo
The Encore Sport Touring is driven by an all-new, 1.4L turbocharged engine derived from GM’s new family of small gas engines. It features direct injection, stop/start technology, which contributes to efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

The new 1.4L turbo is estimated at 153 horsepower (112 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm). It incorporates an aluminum cylinder block and head, which enhances performance and efficiency. Engine efficiency is also enhanced through reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump.

The start/stop feature automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

Additional engine features:

  • Aluminum bedplate on the engine block enhances strength and refinement
  • Variable-flow oil pump enhances efficiency
  • Piston-cooling oil jets contribute to optimal performance, efficiency and refinement
  • Dual-overhead-cam cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold saves weight to enhance performance and efficiency
  • Premium inverted-tooth camshaft drive chain contributes to segment-challenging levels of refinement and low noise.

‘One-tire’ philosophy sharpens ride and handling characteristics
Encore is built on a global small-crossover platform and engineered with a “one-tire” philosophy. Everything is optimized around a single 18-inch tire specification, designed for a quieter interior, more precise suspension tuning and great driving refinement.  

A 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,539 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a more confident-feeling driving experience, while Encore’s strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quieter ride. Two hydraulic engine mounts are tailored to the engine’s inherent torque axis to disrupt the transmission of vibration and noise.

A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar, hydraulic ride bushings and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms provide a smoother ride, better noise isolation and wheel control.

The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping urethane spring isolators are used to improve ride isolation and dampen noise.

The Encore also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system. It contributes to a 36.7-foot (11.2 meters) turning diameter – a tighter turning diameter than the Mini Countryman. It also helps save fuel over a conventional, engine-driven power steering system.

Safety technologies help protect occupants
Encore is designed with technologies – including available radar-based features – that help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Technologies that help avoid crashes include:

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution
  • Cornering brake control and brake assist
  • Available all-wheel-drive system
  • Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
  • Available front and rear park assist.

The Encore’s body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment, with 66 percent of the structure composed of high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. This structural protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags, including:

  • Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
  • Driver and front passenger knee air bags
  • Front and rear thorax air bags (all outboard positions)
  • Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.

Encore’s safety and security features also include exclusive OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.

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