General Motors Considering Diesel Powered Buick Verano and Encore
The introduction of a diesel powered Buick would not only grab some attention in the consumer market that has traditionally been reserved for the likes of the Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes Benz. More importantly, it would bring greater levels of power and efficiency to a lineup that is very nice – but could certainly use more power to help it stand out from the competition from around the world. The sources haven’t gone into any detail as to which models would pack the new diesel engine but the new Encore compact crossover and the compact Verano sedan are the two vehicles that would make the most sense.
The new Buick Encore compact crossover has made a splash in the segment with impressive levels of luxury with a low price but one critical point for the Encore has been the lack of available power. Also, the Encore is based on the European Opel Mokka, which is offered with a 1.7L diesel engine. That European diesel is a little light on power for the American market but adding a slightly larger diesel engine (similar to the 2.0L turbocharged mill offered in the new Chevy Cruze diesel) would add a touch more horsepower than the standard 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine but more importantly, the Cruze diesel engine packs a tremendous amount more torque than the gas engine. Also, a diesel powered Encore could offer incredible fuel economy ratings that could near the 40 mile per gallon mark. The Chevy Cruze offers a whopping 46 miles per gallon on the highway with the 2.0L diesel engine so the compact Encore could very likely creep up on the 40mpg mark even with all wheel drive. Being able to say that they have a non-hybrid crossover that can offer 40 miles per gallon would most certainly grab some attention from both consumers and the media.