The American automaker has long recognized China as its most important auto market today, so it’s only natural the brand will introduce some of its model changes there first.
Case in point – the facelifted Encore subcompact crossover. The US automaker is well known for its “private” link with the European subsidiary Opel, so we’re not really surprised the Encore has been treated to a nice revision considering we recently saw the Opel Mokka X come to life. Anyways, borrowed or not, the new design blends nicely with the overall allure of the Encore, with styling widely considered to have taken a big step in the right direction now. In turn, the company has left prices almost unchanged, though that also means the powertrains haven’t been touched as well.
The 2017 Buick Encore for China keeps its 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the same power credentials: 140 hp and 200 Nm of maximum torque, linked exclusively to a six speed automatic transmission. The China-spec also gets an “intelligent AWD system”, which automatically changes according to road conditions between 2 and 4WD. The facelift does look the same as the one debuting in New York a few months back, save for some specific details that are reserved for China. The upholstery, a combination of Alcantara, velour and leather, have new red accents. There’s also new cabin trim, updated instrument gauges and a major highlight – the addition of an 8-inch UntelliLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as OnStar 4G LTE with onboard Wi-Fi.