The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka and Buick Encore have all been big hits for General Motors in slightly more than two years on the market, but with the market for small crossovers now booming, it looks like the little crossovers are about to get some equally small changes. Our spy photographers caught up with a Buick Encore prototype testing in Germany wearing some heavy camouflage on the front end, suggesting that a mid-cycle update is in the works. While the timing for such an update would definitely make sense, it sounds like there are some additional changes in the works, including a new engine option and some updated cabin tech.
As far as timing goes, it isn’t clear when the new lineup of crossovers will be ready to hit the road, but judging by how this prototype doesn’t seem to be close to a production-spec vehicle (the Buick Encore is not available with steel wheels), GM might be holding these changes for next year; the 2016 Encore has already been announced, so these updates won’t be available until the 2017 model year at the soonest. Regardless of when the updated Mokka and Encore do make their debuts, the changes will help make this crossover an even better choice in the mid-level luxury market.
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