Buick’s small crossover, the Encore, will soon be upstaged by rivals when it comes to power. Currently, the Encore comes with the sole option of a turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower – which is less than what the upcoming Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade will offer. The automaker is not only aware of the issue, but prepared to do something about it.
According to Buick-GMC’s U.S. vice president, Duncan Aldred, a more powerful Buick Encore could be on the way. The Encore was the brand’s third-best-selling vehicle in 2014 – momentum the automaker hopes to maintain. In an effort to further expand the crossover’s sales, Duncan acknowledges that more power may be necessary.
“I’m looking to grow volumes, and we’re always looking at customer feedback for what changes we need to make,” Aldred said to Automotive News. “But there’s always a trade-off between cost and benefit.”
Aldred does mention that the Encore’s power is not generally a complaint among consumers, but rather journalists who test drive the vehicle. Now that competitors will offer more powerful engines though, it might be time for Buick to offer a more powerful engine option.
Here at Warsaw Buick GMC, we think the current Encore can certainly hold its own, but look forward to the possibility of a more powerful engine option, too. Tell us in the comments: would you opt for a more powerful engine in your Encore?