2019 Buick Encore

Encore is Buick’s best-selling vehicle in North America, and for good reason. It offers consumers premium features typically associated with larger luxury SUVs but with greater maneuverability, complemented by its timeless design. In the rapidly evolving small SUV segment, the Encore continues to lead the pack with technology, elegance, and refinement.

Introduced in 2013, the Encore quickly carved out a niche of its own, as it quickly rose to the top of the fast-growing small SUV category, and continues to sit at the top of the market.

New for 2019

The 2019 Buick Encore features a simplified lineup comprised of the base Encore, Preferred, Sport Touring, and Essence trims. An Encore Sport Touring package features unique design cues such as a rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum premium-finished wheels and body-color door handles. 

Buick’s Safety Package II is now offered on Essence trim and includes Rainsense wipers, Front and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. There are also two new exterior colors: Deep Azure Metallic and Satin Steel Metallic.

Engines and Drivetrain

The standard four-cylinder engine is a turbocharged EcoTec 1.4 L with DOHC operated through continuous valve timing that develops 138 horsepower. Available is an EcoTec 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with VVT DI-4 that features direct fuel injection and develops 153 horsepower. Both engines direct power to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with the sixth gear as a fuel-saving overdrive. All trims are available with AWD with the exception of the base Encore.

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Premium Interior

The 2019 Encore’s cockpit-style interior design features an emphasis on premium materials, chrome accents, and contrast stitching, while Signature QuietTuning and Active Noise Cancellation technology keep exterior noise to a minimum. All 2018 Encore models offer room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet storage space with the 60/40 split rear seat folded, while the front passenger seat can be folded flat to extend the cargo length to eight feet long. There’s 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, more than enough room for a week’s worth of groceries.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The instrument panel of the 2019 Encore features a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center, center stack with an intuitive Buick infotainment system and a frameless, 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with full-color radio display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard while Bluetooth personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system with voice recognition for audio, phonebook and music selection. A Bose seven-speaker audio system with an external amplifier is available on Sport Touring and Essence trims. Buick 4G LTE connectivity comes through a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, complimentary one-month,3GB data trial (subscription required after one month).

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Safety and Security

The 2019 Buick Encore is equipped with a suite of active safety features including ten standard airbags, a standard rear-vision camera, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution, cornering brake control and brake assist ,StabiliTrak stability control system with full-function traction control and LED daytime running lamps, all of which are standard on all models . Available is the Safety Package on Preferred and Sport Touring and includes Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, which are all standard on the Essence trim.  A Safety Package II is available on Essence and includes an ionizing air cleaner, Rainsense wipers, Front and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV and are seeking style and comfort as well as utility and convenience, then drive over to Fletch’s GMC Buick and check out the FWD and AWD versions of the 2019 Buick Encore.

    

What ISN’T Covered by the Manufacturer’s New Car Warranty?

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Congratulations on your purchase of a new car, truck, or SUV from Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi.  Along with the purchase you receive one of the most competitive warranties in the automotive industry. For Buick vehicles, you receive a four year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a six year powertrain limited warranty with no deductible, and an eight year/100,000 mile eAssist Coverage. 

GMC vehicles offer similar coverage with a three year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a five year, 60,000 mile powertrain warranty, and two corrosion warranties. Both Buick and GMC offer 24/7 roadside assistance, and courtesy transportation. While you’re well covered for any defects in manufacturing or workmanship, there are still a number of items not covered under the warranty.

To provide better peace-of-mind to owners, both Buick and GMC offer a suite of extended warranty coverages for vehicle owners. In most cases, it’s not required that you purchase this coverage when you purchase the vehicle – the additional coverage can be added at a later time.

Buick

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Buick offers a number of valuable coverage options on its vehicles. The Buick Protection Plan comes with extras in addition to coverage for approved repairs, including lost key and lockout, trip interruption, towing and road service, and rental car reimbursement. The Buick Protection Plan is available at Silver and Platinum levels. The Platinum Plan offers the same protection as the Silver Plan but adds additional covered components.

Two other coverages that owners may be interested in are the Tire and Wheel protection that safeguards your tires and wheels from potential covered road hazards and Pre-Paid Maintenance, Pre-Paid Maintenance Plus, which covers the cost of specified scheduled maintenance for the life of the contract. The Plus plan offers the same coverage as the standard contract, but with the addition of items like air filters, transmission, and other fluid changes, and spark plugs.

For individuals who choose to lease their new Buick, there are several coverages available including GAP Coverage, XS Wear Lease Protection, and Advanced Lease Protection.

GMC

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Likewise, GMC offers a range of coverage on its trucks and SUVs. The GMC Protection Plan is easy to purchase. Like Buick, you simply choose the coverage that’s right for you, Silver or Platinum, along with your deductible and contract term. The GMC Protection Plan comes with extras in addition to coverage for approved repairs, including lost key and lockout, trip interruption, towing and road service, along with rental car reimbursement.

The same coverages are available to individuals who choose to lease their new GMC truck or SUV, including GAP Coverage, XS Wear Lease Protection, and Advanced Lease Protection.

GM Coverage

Buick and GMC Pre-Paid Maintenance and Buick and GMC Pre-Paid Maintenance Plus are available for your new, used, or leased Buick or GMC vehicle. Terms ranging from 24 months/30,000 miles to 180 months/150,000 miles are available, depending upon how long you plan to keep the vehicle. And if you sell or trade the vehicle before the warranty expires, the remainder is transferable to the next owner.

If a covered breakdown occurs in either your covered Buick or GMC, you’ll also have access to the Certified Service technicians at any one of the 4,000+ GM dealerships nationwide. These technicians are specially trained to work on GM vehicles. They can even use the same quality parts as those used when your vehicle was first built.

Audi Coverage

Audi’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty is simple — four years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The vehicle is also covered with four years of Audi 24-Hour Roadside Assistance.  Audi offers three levels of its vehicle Service Plan: Powertrain, Silver, and Gold. Audi Vehicle Service Protection (VSP) is designed to help protect you from unanticipated expenses that come with unexpected repairs. It delivers benefits beyond your factory warranty program, with coverage options for mechanical repairs that include parts and labor up to 10 years or 120,000 miles, you pay nothing on covered repairs other than the deductible you select.

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The company also offers Audi Term Protection which covers parts and labor for wearable components for up to four years or 60,000 miles, with no deductible for the entire period. So when parts such as brake pads, belts, and windshield wiper blades wear out, your Audi dealer will replace them at no additional cost to you

This is but a brief overview of the types of coverages that are available. For complete details, including brochures and sample contracts for you to review, come to the warranty experts at Fletch’s Buick, GMC, Audi in Petoskey, MI for complete details. They’ll be able to tailor a program to meet your needs regardless of the level or term of coverage that you seek. And most importantly, you’ll leave with one additional feature: peace of mind.

 

Why the all-new 2019 Buick Envision is a great car for Northern Michigan

2019 Buick Envision a great car for Northern Michigan
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From its unmistakable Buick grille to its sculpted rear profile, one glance at the new 2019 Envision confirms that this small luxury SUV offers owners both versatility as well as style. To complement the new styling, there’s increased engine power, a new transmission, and improvements in its connectivity systems. Best yet, the 2019 Envision makes for an outstanding SUV for the conditions that drivers in Northern Michigan face on a year-round basis.

Stylish New Exterior

The New 2019 Envision makes a lasting impression from every angle. At the forefront of the refreshed exterior: the unmistakable Buick grille and tricolor insignia, along with bright, crisp available LED-accented headlamps and new low-profile LED-enhanced tail lamps. The 2019 Buick Envision also features a standard hands-free power liftgate that helps you access your cargo area without lifting a finger.

Comfortable Redesigned Interior

The sense of luxury inside the new 2019 Envision is apparent from its soft-touch materials and modern amenities. The spacious cabin is quiet and comfortable, with up to nearly seven inches of available rear seat leg room. The 60/40 fold-flat rear seats can be easily adjusted to accommodate a variety of configurations. You can even fold the second row flat before entering the vehicle, by utilizing release handles on either side of the cargo area.

Available Engines

Press the premium Start button and the 2019 Envision comes to life. Buyers have a choice of one of two sources: the standard 2.5 L DOHC engine with 197 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque or the available 2.0 L turbocharged DOHC engine with 252 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which comes mated to a new, smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. The turbo engine model is a full half-second faster from 0-60 than last year’s model.

The 2019 Envision is equipped with a stop-start deactivation switch on the instrument panel that allows the driver to choose whether to use the auto-stop function. The calibration of the stop-start technology has also been refined for an even more seamless operation.

All-Wheel Drive

Available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with an electronically locking rear differential with twin clutch automatically adjusts the amount of engine torque delivered to each wheel based on road conditions to optimize traction and respond before slipping occurs.

Winter Driving

Beyond the safety and security of all-wheel drive, buyers in Northern Michigan seek creature comforts that’ll make the old winters a little easier to bear. Available on the 2019 Buick Envision are cold-weather features like a heated steering wheel, heated front seats that can also be cooled during hot summer months, separate climate controls for rear seat passengers, heated rear seats for the outside rear seat passengers, and heated exterior mirrors.

There’s much more to the 2019 Envision than we have space to cover, like the standard  Buick Infotainment System with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and the standard Buick 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s your best bet to talk to the experts at Fletch’s Buick GMC and Audi and check out which features best suit your year-round driving needs. And if you’re an RVer looking for an outstanding dinghy to flat tow, talk to the Fletch’s team about how you can outfit the 2019 Envision for that purpose.