H GM παρουσίασε σήμερα στο Detroit το Buick Encore 2013, αλλά έδωσε και τις πρώτες φωτογραφίες από το ευρωπαϊκό μοντέλο, το Opel Mocca, του μικρού Crossover SUV που ετοίμαζε εδώ και καιρό. Τα αυτοκίνητα έχουνε μήκος 4.278 mm, ύψος 1.646 mm, πλάτος 1.774 mm, μεταξόνιο 1.555 mm, μετατρόχιο 1.540 mm. Το αυτοκίνητο είναι μικρότερο κατά 10 εκατ. από το Audi Q3 και 20 από το Ford EcoSport.
Μηχανικά, το Opel Mocca θα είναι διαθέσιμο με δύο κινητήρες βενζίνης και 1 πετρελαίου με όλους να συνδυάζονται με χειροκίνητα κιβώτια με σύστημα Start/Stop. Ο 1.600αρη ατμοσφαιρικός βενζινοκινητήρας αποδίδει 115 άλογα ενώ ο 1.400αρης Turbo 140 άλογα με 200 Nm ροπής. Ο 1.700αρης CDTI αποδίδει 130 άλογα με 300 Nm ροπής. Ο 1.400αρης και το 1.700αρης CDTI θα είναι διαθέσιμοι και με αυτόματο κιβώτιο. To Encore θα είναι διαθέσιμο μόνο με τον 1.400αρη Turbo. Το αυτοκίνητο έχει κατασκευαστεί πάνω στην Gamma II πλατφόρμα της GM που φοράνε τα Chevrolet Spark/Sonic και θα είναι διαθέσιμο σε δικίνιτες και τετρακίνητες εκδόσεις.
Οι πωλήσεις του Buick Encore θα ξεκινήσουν στην Αμερική από το πρώτο τρίμηνο του 2013 ενώ το Opel Mokka θα πωλείται στην Ευρώπη από τα τέλη του 2012. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
[Πηγή: General Motors]
All-New Opel Mokka: Compact in Size, Big in Attitude
- First model from a German manufacturer in new sub-compact SUV segment
- New Mokka expands Opel portfolio, energizes fast-growing European SUV market
- Fresh and dynamic, sporty design combined with refined functionality
- Front- or All-Wheel-Drive, six-speed manual or automatic transmissions
- Two gasoline and one diesel engine, standard fuel saving Start/Stop technology
Rüsselsheim. A new name and a new segment for Opel: At the start of the New Year and two months ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva motor show on March 6, 2012, Opel is releasing the first photos of its new dynamic, sub-compact sports utility vehicle, the Opel Mokka. With the new Mokka, Opel is the first German manufacturer to launch a contender in the growing sub-compact SUV segment.
Despite its 4.28 meter measurement, the Mokka generously accommodates five people in a commanding position. It also delivers on Opel’s promise to combine attractive design with innovative technologies and upmarket functionalities, making them accessible to a wider segment of customers.
“The Opel Mokka takes its strengths from traditional, larger SUVs and fits them into a modern compact format,” says Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke. “The Mokka extends Opel’s vehicle line and continues the momentum we’ve built up over the last few years with our strong product offensive. It also energizes the new SUV B-segment that is predicted to grow considerably over the next years.”
Dynamic driving experience and lifestyle
The Opel Mokka blends functionality and a comfortable, high seating position with a flavor of adventure. It can be fitted with an all-wheel drive technology that seamlessly shifts torque to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling. Power is provided by three efficient engines. All manual transmissions are equipped with the fuel saving Opel Start/Stop system. The gasoline offer comprises an 85 kW/115 hp, 1.6 liter naturally-aspirated engine as well as a 103 kW/140 hp 1.4 l Turbo with 200 Nm of torque. On the diesel side, there is a 93 kw/130 hp 1.7 CDTI turbo diesel with 300 Nm of torque. Both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
The Mokka introduces new cutting edge technologies to the SUV B-segment, such as a string of Driver Assistance Systems based on the Opel Eye front camera system, as well as a rear view camera. Furthermore, the Opel Mokka carries ergonomic seating that has been certified by AGR – the German healthy back expert organization “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.”. In addition to a generous loading space, the Mokka offers the fully integrated, latest generation Flex-Fix bicycle carrier that is exclusive to Opel.
With all these features, the Mokka has been designed for people with active and refined lifestyles. This is also reflected in its name which is inspired by the small, round coffee beans of the prestigious Coffea Arabica variety. Mocha-based coffee beverages are sophisticated and cultivated, rich in character and full of energy. Just like them, the Opel Mokka is compact whilst big in attitude.
Bold SUV design combined with refined functionality
With the Mokka, Opel’s design philosophy of blending “sculptural artistry with German precision” finds a new expression in the sub-compact SUV segment. The Opel Mokka displays a bold attitude with sculpted and elegant traits while retaining a sporty edge with muscular and athletic body lines. These are energized by Opel’s typical “blade” on the bodyside that sweeps upwards to the rear. The Mokka’s sporty character is also re-enforced by its higher ground clearance which also makes it suitable for gravel roads,as well as its 1540 mm wide tracks. Its robust looks are further enhanced by 18” alloy wheels which are standard in the Enjoy and Cosmo trim levels.
In the interior, the new Mokka displays typical Opel values such as versatility and user-friendly functionality. The Mokka provides up to 1,372 liter of loading space, as well as up to 19 storage locations. Loading capacity of the Mokka can be complimented with the new generation rear bicycle carrier Flex-Fix – which perfectly supports an active lifestyle. Opel is the only manufacturer to offer such a system. The user-friendly carrier is fully integrated in the rear, functions like a drawer and can accommodate up to three bicycles at a time.
All-Wheel-Drive, Front-Wheel-Drive and exclusive technologies are available
Front-Wheel and All-Wheel-Drive are both available in the new Opel Mokka. The All-Wheel Drive System ensures a high level of stability and safety, while also extending Mokka’s capabilities to more rugged environments. When handling and traction are put to the test, the system automatically and seamlessly transfers power to the rear wheels.
Standard features that enhance the driving experience across all Mokka versions include the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Traction Control (TC) as well as the Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) systems – which improve driving comfort and safety in uphill or downhill terrain.
Rich and refined, the Opel Mokka makes cutting-edge upmarket technologies available to the SUV B-segment. The Advanced Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) which increases driving safety is based on the 3rd generation Bi-Xenon lighting system that includes High Beam Assist (HBA). The new generation Opel Eye front camera is also available on board. It gives the driver access to several functions including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and the second generation of Traffic Sign Recognition. No other sub-compact SUV offers such a system that increases safety and driving comfort.
The Opel Mokka will be available at Opel dealerships end of 2012.
2013 Buick Encore Takes the Stage
All-new luxury crossover is versatile, efficient and continues brand’s growth
DETROIT – Buick today introduced the all-new 2013 Encore – a luxury small crossover that delivers Buick’s signature style, interior acoustic refinement and collection of luxury amenities in a maneuverable, versatile and efficient package.
The Encore is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit through Jan. 22, and goes on sale in early 2013.
“Buick Encore is a great-looking, smart choice for those who want luxury crossover amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “It represents a luxury alternative for a new audience of Buick customers, and delivers features and flexibility not typically found in vehicles of its size today.”
Buick models continue to gain in popularity, with two consecutive years of higher retail sales. The Encore joins Verano – Buick’s third all-new sedan in three years – to round out the brand’s lineup and continues the momentum established by the Enclave crossover almost five years ago.
With room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters) of storage space with the rear seat folded, the Encore offers substantial cargo capacity along with the confident, higher driving position, all-wheel-drive capability and contemporary styling of a crossover. In fact, its cargo space compares favorably against similar-sized international competitors:
|Rear Seat in Place||Rear Seat Folded|
|Buick Encore||18.8 cu. ft. / 533 liters||48.4 cu. ft. / 1,372 liters|
|BMW X1||16.9 cu. ft. / 480 liters||47.4 cu. ft. / 1,350 liters|
|Audi Q3||16.2 cu. ft. / 460 liters||48.2 cu. ft. / 1,365 liters|
Additional features include 10 standard air bags and an Ecotec 1.4L turbo four-cylinder/six-speed automatic powertrain, along with standard and available technologies such as Buick’s voice-activated IntelliLink – which uses Bluetooth or a USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a high-resolution, full-color seven-inch LCD display radio.
And because it’s a Buick, QuietTuning is standard on the Encore, which also features Buick’s first use of active noise cancellation technology.
Contemporary design offers versatile spaciousness
In keeping with the global design language that has come to symbolize the brand, the Encore’s sculpted and elegant styling traits – including sweeping character lines – make it instantly identifiable as a contemporary Buick. Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels, similar to the Enclave.
“The Encore brings Buick’s timeless, sculptural design to the crossover segment in a way that blends elegance, efficiency and utility,” said David Lyon, executive director of design. “There’s confidence in its athletic stance and elemental beauty in its rich details.”
Blue-accented projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps enhance the premium appearance; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard. Seven-spoke chrome wheels are available.
Inside, the Encore’s organic styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels. A prominent central instrument panel houses the large, full-color, seven-inch LCD display for the IntelliLink voice-activated radio system. It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as available navigation and rear camera systems.
A contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented with ice blue ambient lighting, select use of bright trim and wood-grain trim. Premium seats featuring high-density foam for greater comfort on long drives are trimmed with either a contemporary cloth/leatherette motif or available leather. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available. The rear seat features a fold-down armrest with cup holders.
More of the Encore’s comfort and luxury features – standard and available – include:
- Remote vehicle start
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Rainsense wipers
- Bose premium sound system
- Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
- Six-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and driver memory.
Encore also features plenty of storage capacity and storage compartments. It offers 18.8 cubic feet (533 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,372 liters) with the rear seat folded. With the rear seat in place, there’s room for at least six full grocery bags and with the rear seat folded, there’s room for golf clubs and overnight bags for a weekend getaway. Even the front passenger seat folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate long items that would not normally fit in a vehicle of this size.
Nine exterior colors and three interior color combinations will be offered.
QuietTuning gets ‘active’
QuietTuning is the process of defining Buick quality, sound and vibration characteristics and designing and refining the vehicle following a three-point strategy of reducing sounds at their source, blocking sounds from entering the cabin and absorbing any remaining sounds.
For the Encore, specific content was applied to achieve 40 sound benchmarks for refinement, including Buick’s first application of active noise cancellation. With it, ceiling-mounted microphones detect engine noise, the frequencies of which are processed by a computer that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers and subwoofer.
Additional standard QuietTuning features include:
- Acoustically treated headliner with a tuned gap between it and the high-strength-steel roof panel
- Sound-absorbing materials used in the cabin, under the hood and in the wheel house liners
- HydraMatic 6T40 six-speed transmission with neutral gear disengagement
- Quiet-tuned 18-inch Continental tires
- Aero-optimized outside mirrors
- Ultra-quiet engine alternator
- Acoustic-laminated windshield and thicker 5mm side window glass
- Foam baffle insulation at the opening of body structure cavities.
‘One-tire’ philosophy sharpens ride and handling characteristics
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 Encore’s 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,540 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a more confident-feeling driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quieter ride. Tuned engine, including two hydraulic mounts, are tailored to the engine’s inherent torque axis to disrupt the transmission of vibration and noise. This configuration also helps control the transfer of momentum, resulting in improved dynamic balance.
A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Urethane spring isolators are used to dampen noise.
The Encore also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system. It contributes to a 36.7-foot (11.2 meters) turning diameter, while also saving fuel compared to an engine-driven power steering pump.
Safety technology helps protect occupants
Encore is designed with technologies – including radar-based features – to help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Technologies that help avoid them include:
- Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
- Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution
- Cornering brake control and brake assist
- Available all-wheel-drive system that seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling
- Available forward collision alert and lane departure warning
- Available front and rear park assist
- Available rear vision camera.
When it comes to occupant protection, the Encore’s body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment. Sixty-three percent of the underbody structure is comprised of high-strength steels, while 57 percent of the upper body uses high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags, which include:
- Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
- Driver and front passenger knee air bags
- Front and rear thorax air bags (all outboard positions)
- Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Encore’s suite of safety features is rounded out with exclusive OnStar technology, which includes the Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.
Ecotec turbo engine drives efficiency
The Buick Encore is powered by an efficient, power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. It generates an estimated 140 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) 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
- Deceleration fuel cut-off.
They complement other vehicle-wide systems and components that also help improve efficiency, including low-rolling-resistance tires, electric power steering, 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 Buick Encore will begin arriving at U.S. Buick dealerships in the first quarter of 2013.
About Buick Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover , LaCrosse sedan , Regal sport sedan , Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com , on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.
2013 BUICK ENCORE SPECIFICATIONS
|Models:||Encore (Encore, Convenience, Leather and Premium)|
|Body style / driveline:||small lux crossover, front-engine/front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive|
|EPA vehicle class:||sport utility vehicle|
|Manufacturing locations:||Bupyeong, South Korea (for North America)|
|1.4L turbocharged DOHC I-4|
|Displacement (cu. in. / cc):||83.2 / 1364|
|Bore and stroke (in. / mm):||2.85 x 3.25 / 72.5 x 82.6|
|Block material:||cast iron|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, double continuously cam phaser intake and exhaust (DCVCP)|
|Ignition system:||coil on plug|
|Fuel delivery:||sequential multi-port fuel injection with electronic throttle control|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||140 / 103 @ 4900 (est.)|
|Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):||148 / 200 @ 1850 (est.)|
|Recommended fuel:||regular unleaded|
|Max engine speed (rpm):||6500|
|Emissions controls:||close-coupled and underfloor catalytic converters; pre- and post-oxygen sensors|
|Estimated fuel economy:||TBD|
|HydraMatic 6T40 6-speed automatic|
|Gear ratios (:1)||6.14 spread|
|Front:||MacPherson strut with coil-over spring; direct-acting stabilizer bar; steel 4-or 6-point rigid attachment front cross member|
|Rear:||compound crank (torsion beam); coil springs with twin-tube shock absorbers|
|Steering type:||column-mounted electric power steering; rack-and-pinion gear (straight ratio)|
|Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:||2.72|
|Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):||36.7 / 11.2|
|Type:||four-wheel disc with ventilated front discs and solid rear discs; standard ABS|
|Brake rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm)||front: 11.8 x 1.0 / 300 x 26, ventilated discs rear: 10.6 x 0.5 / 268 x 12, solid discs|
|Anti-lock braking system:||Mando MGH60 Chassis Controls: ABS / TCS / ESC with rollover mitigation|
|Wheels:||18 x 7-inch painted aluminum (std.) 18 x 7-inch chromed aluminum (opt.)|
|Tires:||P215/55R18 AL3 blackwall|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||100.6 / 2555|
|Overall length (in / mm):||168.5 / 4278|
|Overall width (in / mm):||69.9 / 1774|
|Overall height (in / mm):||64.8 / 1646|
|Track (in / mm):||front: 60.6 / 1540 rear: 60.6 / 1540|
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||FWD: 3190 / 1447 AWD: 3309 / 1501|
|Minimum ground clearance (in. / mm):||6.2 / 158|
|Seating capacity (front / rear):||2 / 3|
|Headroom (in / mm):||front: 39.6 / 1005 rear: 38.8 / 985|
|Legroom (in / mm):||front: 40.8 / 1037 rear: 38.8 / 908|
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||front: 54.1 / 1376 rear: 52.5 / 1333|
|Hip room (in / mm):||front: 51.7 / 1312 rear: 50.1 / 1272|
|Cargo volume (cu ft / L):||18.8 / 533 (behind rear seat) 48.4 / 1372 (rear seat folded)|
|Fuel tank (gal / L):||13.7 / 52|
|Engine oil (qt / L):||4.75 / 4.5|
|Cooling system (qt / L):||6.9 / 6.5|
|GVWR (lb / kg):||FWD: 4255 / 1930 AWD: 4374 / 1984|
*SAE certified. Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.