After seeing its European and American platform-mates get refreshed, it was only a matter of time before Buick did the same to the tiny Encore crossover. Now, with just hours before the New York Auto Show kicks off, Buick has officially unveiled the refreshed 2017 Encore.
The changes to the Encore are pretty obvious and comprehensive for a simple refresh. The subcompact people hauler gets a new winged grille, updated headlights with optional LED technology, an updated front apron, new LED taillights, and a revised rear bumper.
Inside the cabin, there are loads of updates too, including new tech and visual changes. The most obvious and welcomed change is to the center console where Buick placed a new 8-inch touchscreen and eliminated the jumble of buttons that made the infotainment system nearly impossible to operate while driving. There is also a revised instrument panel that swoops across the width of the cabin, giving it a wider look.
The repositioned touchscreen system utilizes Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The new Encore also comes standard with a 4G LTE hotspot.
The driving force behind the 2017 Buick Encore will be the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, but the automaker did not reveal its fuel economy or output. My assumption is that the output will remain unchanged at 138 horsepower for the base and 153 ponies for the Sport Touring model.
We’ll learn more about the Encore once is makes its official debut in New York, so stay tuned.