The 2019 Buick Encore is about to carry on without bigger changes. This small crossover is present on the market since 2013. For these five years of production, it became one of the best models in the class, thanks to the rich offer of standard equipment and a pretty upscale design.
Last year, we have seen a mid-cycle update, which included various styling changes, especially at the front end. Considering that the current generating is slowly approaching to the end of the production cycle, it is hard to expect some further updates. The 2019 Encore will most likely continue without bigger changes, featuring probably only some minor tweaks in terms of standard equipment across the whole trim range.
On the other side, styling and mechanics will certainly remain pretty much unchanged. Considering all this, we expect to see its arrival in usual time, somewhere late in the year.
2019 Buick Encore redesign
Speaking of base design characteristics, they are pretty much the same as on the initial model that was launched in 2013. Still, we have seen a mid-cycle refresh that has brought a significant visual improvement. This crossover looks far more attractive now and it is definitely one of the better-looking models in the class. For this occasion, the company introduced a completely new front end, with new headlights, grille, bumper etc. Other areas suffered as well. So, it is hard to expect further improvements in terms of styling.
The interior design should also remain the same. It was also refreshed two years ago, with plenty of new details on the dash, center stack etc. On the other side, we expect to some new standard features across the whole trim range.
2019 Buick Encore features
When it comes to the trim level organization, there are six trim levels in total. The base 1SV comes with things like 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, roof rails, cruise control etc. The Preferred comes with a similar list of standard equipment, but there are some new options in the offer. The Sport Touring trim includes not just a little bit more standard equipment, but also few exterior tweaks like sportier bumpers, fog lights etc. A mid-range Preferred II would be a reasonable choice since it offers plenty of equipment for a not so big amount of money. Count on dual-zone climate control, as well as on safety features like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Essence trim adds things like LED headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel etc. Top-range, fully-equipped trim is called Premium.
2019 Buick Encore engines
The 2019 Buick Encore will continue with the same powertrain. There are two engines in the offer. Base models come with a 1.4-liter unit that is good for about 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
An optional engine also has a displacement of 1.4 liters but delivers around 155 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque and it is, we believe, a much better choice. Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while an AWD version is available across the whole range of trim levels. Outside North America, this small crossover comes with various other engines, including few diesel units as well.
2019 Buick Encore release date and price
The 2019 Buick Encore should come somewhere late in the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect changes. The base model should go around 23.000 dollars, while top models could easily reach 30.000.
Competition in the segment is tough. There are models like Mazda CX-3, Kia Soul, Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V and many others.