All things considered, the Buick Encore had a pretty fine 2015, as it saw sales swell by 38.2 percent. Additionally, the Encore ended 2015 second in its class in terms of overall sales—only the XV Crosstrek outsold it—and it led Buick’s sales by a slim margin over the Enclave. Today, Buick has confirmed that it will continue to focus on this small crossover by revealing an updated model at the New York Auto Show.
The details behind its reveal remain unknown for now, but AutoBlog did get an official confirmation when it spoke with Buick spokesperson, Stuart Fowle. Fowle told the site, “While we have no additional details to announce, we’re excited to confirm that media and customers will see the new 2017 Encore at next month’s New York Auto Show. The Encore joins the Cascada convertible, Envision crossover, and LaCrosse sedan as the fourth new product arriving in Buick showrooms this year.”
While Buick was mum on the specifics, it is pretty likely that the Encore will follow its Opel cousin, the Mokka (pictured), in terms of design. This would give the small sub-luxury crossover a more stylish look that separates it from its Chevy brethren and pushes it nearer the luxury segment. Don’t get me wrong, the Buick Encore will never truly compete with luxury crossovers, but this update could make it an alternative or someone who can’t quite swing that Bimmer X1 payment.
As for the powertrain, most signs point toward this carrying over unchanged into 2017, as the new Mokka X carries the same drive bits as the Encore Sport Touring.
The 2016 New York Auto Show kicks off on March 25, 2016, so we won’t have to wait too much longer to see what this compact people hauler has to offer other than a new suit.