Buick Encore to be available in China from November image

Shanghai GM, the joint venture between GM and SAIC Motor will begin selling the new Buick Encore compact SUV in China this November Beijing Times reports.

The report was confirmed by the Shanghai GM Buick brand manager Liu Qi who said that the Buick Encore will be making its Chinese market debut in the fourth quarter of the year.

The five-passenger Encore is built on General Motors’ global compact crossover platform, and sits on a relatively short wheelbase of 100.6 inches. To be imported from GM Daewoo in Korea, the 2013 Encore will square off in the U.S. against such rivals as the Audi Q3 and the Acura RDX.

The new 2013 Encore is powered by a new Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 140 HP and a peak torque of 148 lb.-ft. The engine is mated to a standard Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission.

Despite the downsized engine and diminutive footprint, Buick will be filling the Encore to the gills with luxury touches. It will include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a Bose premium audio system, rain-sensing wipers, and a heated leather steering wheel.

The Encore is already sold as the Opel Mokka (or Vauxhall Mokka) in other markets.