General Motors has announced the launch of their new 2013 Buick Encore small crossover. This vehicle is slated for sale in US markets during the first quarter of 2013. It will be a highly fuel efficient vehicle offering 25 miles per gallon in city limits and 33 mpg on the highway, 28 MPG combined, which according to Buick is the best in the industry from an American car maker.
2013 Buick Encore will be offered in all wheel and front wheel drive system powered by a 1.4 liter turbocharged inline four petrol engine offering 138 hp and 148 lb/ft torque which makes it the best fuel efficient crossover vehicle offered by GM even taking into consideration the highly fuel efficient vehicles such as 2013 Ford Escape and Jeep Compass.
According to General Motors, every Encore owner will spend approximately $2,100 less in fuel costs over a period of five years considering that the average expenditure is $420 per year. As per the company, Encore fuel costs will be estimated at $1,900 per year which is the lowest of any of the 2013 model year crossovers sold in the US.
This five passenger crossover is well crafted with all the luxury and entertainment features you can think of. Crafted of premium materials and flexible storage facilities, the versatile Encore entertainment and navigation systems are simple, focused and yet powerful. With 10 air bags, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and All Wheel Drive, Encore also offers all round safety features yet to be seen in a car of its class.
Read the news release below for more information.
Buick Encore to be Most Fuel-Efficient Crossover from Domestic Automaker
Combined fuel economy beats Ford Escape, Jeep Compass
DETROIT – The 2013 Buick Encore luxury crossover is rated at an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and a combined 28 mpg fuel economy with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. It will save an estimated $2,100 in fuel costs over five years of ownership compared to the average new vehicle.
Encore’s combined fuel economy is based on 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving. It is the best fuel economy for any crossover offered by a U.S.-based automaker, and the vehicle’s EPA estimated annual fuel cost of $1,900 is the same or lower than any domestic or imported 2013 model year crossover sold in the United States.
Ford’s most-efficient crossover, the 2013 Escape, is EPA estimated at 23 city/33 highway, or a combined 26 mpg. A Jeep Compass equipped with an automatic transmission is EPA estimated at 23/28 mpg, or 25 combined.
Encore boasts higher ratings than its direct import competition, including the Mini Countryman S, which gets an EPA estimated at 25/32 mpg with an automatic transmission, and the Volkswagen Tiguan. Compared to the Volkswagen’s EPA estimates of 21/26 mpg, Encore’s gains of four city mpg and seven highway mpg equate to $500 less spent on fuel for each year of ownership, based on EPA estimates. The Encore is designed to run on regular gasoline while both competitors recommend more expensive premium fuel.
Reducing weight saves fuel, so Buick engineers developed a body structure for Encore that’s 60 percent high-strength steel, providing safety benefits while trimming pounds off the vehicle. Encore is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine.
“Right from its inception, Encore was designed to offer customers the safety and comfort expected of any Buick, but with an added emphasis on space and fuel efficiency,” said Vehicle Chief Engineer Jim Danahy. “We did things like specify one optimized wheel and tire package to ensure that every customer has the best driving experience possible.”
When Encore goes on sale in early 2013, it will offer the interior flexibility of a 60/40 folding rear seat and a front passenger seat that folds forward for longer cargo, as well as dual glove boxes and storage bins designed for items like smartphones and tablet computers.
With the arrival of Encore, Buick will offer four different models with turbocharged four-cylinder engines and six models with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy greater than 30 mpg.
Fuel economy estimates for Encore models with all-wheel drive will be announced later.
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.