Buick is taking its Encore to the sporty side. It is releasing a new 2016 Encore Sport Touring model that packs a new sports tuned engine along with plenty of cool exterior accents to make it stand out.
“Encore is a driving force behind Buick’s expansion and a catalyst for introducing a new generation of customers to the brand. The all-new Encore Sport Touring broadens that base, giving customers more choices – along with more performance, more technology and more efficiency,” says Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick.
The 2016 Encore Sport Touring features a new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that uses direct injection. The 1.4-liter displacement is the same as the standard engine, but the Sports Touring engine features more power by generating 153 horses with 177 pound-feet of torque. This is an 11 percent increase in horsepower and an almost 20 percent increase in torque from the standard engine that generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Like the standard model, the Sports Touring engine is paired with 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy isn’t known yet for the new model, but the new engine feature start/stop technology which maximizes fuel economy by shutting the engine off when the car is at rest, such as in heavy traffic or a long stop light, and then automatically restarting it.
The Sports Touring model stand out from the standard model with a some exterior flares like a winged rear spoiler, premium-finished 18-inch aluminum wheels, and body-colored door handles. It also comes standard with the Convenience package that adds a 120-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, fog lamps, remote start, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert.
All Encore models come standard with the IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system with a seven-inch high-resolution screen. Each model also comes with a rearview camera, heated outside rearview mirrors with signal indicators, Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps, and fuel efficient electric power steering.
The Encore is ready to take on any trip peacefully and conveniently. It features a cabin equipped with QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology and the added convenience of a fold-flat passengers seat that allows the interior to accommodate up to 8-feet long items with a combined total of 48.4 cubic feet of storage for plenty of cargo options.
Buick is still mum about the Sport Touring pricing, but it will likely fall as a trim above the Convenience package model that currently starts at $27,655.
It will be arriving in dealerships this fall.