Buick has officially taken the wraps off the 2017 Encore crossover, showcasing a more sophisticated design and new features. The changes enhance what Buick claims is America’s most popular small SUV.
Generally speaking, the 2017 Encore is not a huge surprise. The revised exterior design was recently shown with the Opel Mokka X in Europe, which includes a more dynamic front end appearance with LED headlights and a new grille treatment that fits in line with other recent Buick products. While the sheetmetal is unchanged, the taillights have also been swapped out with LED lamps.
Inside the Encore has seen bigger changes, including an all-new dash panel. The new look follows an interior design theme started with the 2017 LaCrosse sedan, with a new eight-inch touchscreen as the centerpiece. The new display fixes a big issue with the outgoing Encore in the fact it housed Buick’s older infotainment system and a non-touch display that was cumbersome to use. The 2017 model features the latest and greatest, including compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buick has also swapped out the one-color gauge cluster in favor of a new full-color 4.2-inch display.
In keeping with the typical mid-cycle refresh, the hard points of the Encore remain unchanged, including its 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
The revamped 2017 Buick Encore will go on sale later this year in hopes of maintaining its sales dominance in the Buick portfolio. According to the brand, over 60-percent of sales are now of crossovers.