Buick is pushing for a performance encore with a new Sport Touring take on the 2016 Encore.
The new model trim is distinguished by unique exterior styling cues and powered by a new direct-injected 1.4-litre turbocharged engine with stop/start technology.
Part of a new engine family of small, power-dense engines, the new “four” injects an 11 percent boost to the Encore’s standard 1.4L turbo, taking it up to 153 hp and driving torque up nearly 20 percent to 177 lb.ft.
Featuring an aluminum cylinder block and head, which help reduce mass for better performance and efficiency, it shares only the displacement with the standard engine and provides more power on demand, especially in the low to mid rev-range.
Low noise and vibration are in keeping with Buick hallmarks of refinement. Contributing to those goals are low-friction piston rings, camshaft drive and oil pump, a steel crankshaft, powder-metal steel connecting rods, aluminum-alloy pistons with a higher silicon content, a variable-flow oiling system featuring a crankshaft-driven oil pump that matches oil supply to engine load (eliminating energy wasted to pump unneeded oil), piston-cooling oil jets and an aluminum cast cylinder head with an integrated water-cooled exhaust manifold.
Additionally, a camshaft drive-chain, with an inverted-tooth design, contributes to low sound levels, as do a stamped steel sump at the bottom of the aluminum oil pan, front-end accessory drive with an overriding alternator coupler to remove the effect of crankshaft oscillations, acoustically optimized engine covers and iron main bearing inserts to better isolate the crankshaft.
“Encore is a driving force behind Buick’s expansion and a catalyst for introducing a new generation of customers to the brand,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick. “The all-new Encore Sport Touring broadens that base, giving customers more choices – along with more performance, more technology and more efficiency.”
The Sport Touring exterior adds a high-mounted spoiler, fog lights (part of the Encore’s Convenience Package), body-coloured door handles and 18-inch premium finish aluminum wheels. Inside, it adds the Convenience Package’s 120-volt power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, remote start, and Rear Cross Traffic and Side Blind Zone alerts. The transmission of choice continues to be a six-speed automatic.
All-wheel drive, a premium Bose audio system and moonroof are all available.
The 2016 Encore, including the new Sport Touring, goes on sale in fall 2015.