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2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring gets added power, efficiency

With the reveal of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes the arrival of an all-new, 1.4-litre turbocharged engine. Of course, with the 1.4 being a global engine, the Cruze won’t be the only car to get it; today, General Motors announced that an all new, sportier version of the 2016 Buick Encore will be the first Buick model to receive the new powerplant.

2016 Buick Encore

Called the Sport Touring, the model gets a host of design cues to differentiate it from “lesser” Encore models: a rear roof spoiler, unique 18-inch premium-finish wheels and body coloured door handles should help it stand out.

Thanks in part to new direct injection engine tech, power is an estimated 153 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, up 11 and 20 per cent, respectively, on the Encore’s standard engine, also a turbo’d 1.4, but minus the direct injection.

The new Encore also gets the benefit of auto start/stop technology, which means that even though it makes more power, the hit to the fuel economy shouldn’t be too serious. Other features such as aluminum pistons, reinforced camshaft and piston cooling all help reduce engine vibration and emissions.

All of that joins a host of new standard features such as 4G connectivity with WiFi hotspot, rear view camera system, Bose noise cancellation tech, heated mirrors, rear cross traffic alert and more. It comes as standard with FWD, but AWD is available.

Either way, it all points to the Encore—already a hot seller for Buick—continuing on the path of success.

The 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring goes on sale in Fall of ’15.

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