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New York — The 2017 Buick Encore has a refreshed exterior with new grille and LED lighting as well as a host of new interior technologies that General Motors Co. hopes will continue the vehicle’s success.

The small SUV has significantly grown in importance since it first entered Buick’s lineup for the 2013 model-year. The Encore was Buick’s best-selling model in 2015, accounting for 30 percent of the brand’s U.S. sales.

Inside, the Encore gets an updated interior, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by a next-generation IntelliLink system featuring an 8-inch-diagonal color touch screen.

A 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with an EPA-rated at 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for front-wheel-drive models will remain standard. An enhanced 1.4 liter turbocharged, direct injection engine with more power, more torque and stop/start technology also will be available on most trims. That engine will have an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway (front-wheel drive models).

The 2017 Encore is expected to go on sale this fall, initially offered in five trim levels: Encore (1SB), Encore Sport Touring (1SH), Encore Convenience (1SD), Encore Leather (1SL) and Encore Premium (1SN). Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available.

The Encore has particularly been successful for GM because it was the first to offer a subcompact SUV/crossover, as Americans started trading in their cars for crossovers. Many automakers, including crosstown rivals Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, just began offering mainstream subcompact crossover/SUV models two years later.

GM sold 67,549 Encore models in the United States in 2015, up 38.2 percent from the previous year.

mwayland@detroitnews.com

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