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Buick introduces 2013 Encore; 1.4L turbo with 6-speed transmission

Buick introduced the all-new 2013 Encore at the Detroit Auto Show. Encore, a luxury small crossover powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain, will compete with vehicles such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

2013 Buick Encore. Click to enlarge.

The engine generates an estimated 140 hp (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 N·m) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque—a specific trait of turbocharged engines—helps it deliver a better driving experience and performance.

The 1.4L’s turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A reinforced crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional strength to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque over a wide rpm band.

Several of the engine’s features contribute to the Encore’s overall fuel efficiency, including:

  • A high-efficiency alternator;
  • Regulated voltage control;
  • Electronically controlled returnless fuel system; and
  • Deceleration fuel cut-off.

They complement other vehicle-wide systems and components that also help improve efficiency, including low-rolling-resistance tires, a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system, neutral idle feature and optimized aerodynamics.

A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission backs the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine. It is part of a family of six-speed front and all-wheel drive transaxles developed for small cars and crossovers. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.

The Hydra-Matic 6T40 offers a “steep” first gear and a “tall” overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows the Encore to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds. A neutral-gear disengagement feature helps enhance smoothness and efficiency.

The new Encore is built on a global small-crossover platform and engineered with a “one-tire” philosophy. Everything is optimized around a single 18-inch tire specification, designed for more precise suspension tuning, driving refinement, quietness and a feeling of control.

The Buick Encore will begin arriving at US Buick dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.



I'm sorry ---- it just doesn't look right. Also, if it's too small & lightweight, it'll ride like every other low grade rice burner (or cheap US small car). Buick is losing its soul...of course, maybe that already happened years ago. Buick used to be (in my mind should be) larger heavier solid cars with strong engines that cruised down the road with lush super quiet silky smooth rides.


140 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque IS NOT going to compete with vehicles such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

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