2020 Buick Encore GX: Buick's Baby Gets a Brother

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Contrary to previous reports, the Buick Encore will not be replaced by a slightly larger, China-sourced crossover. Instead, Buick plans to supplement the subcompact Encore’s healthy sales by slotting a new model alongside it: the Encore GX.

Appearing early next year for the 2020 model year, the Buick Encore GX fills the space between the Encore and the compact Envision. Expect its price to bridge the gap, too.

Buick didn’t go deep into specs in its announcement; rather, the division claims the Encore GX firms up Buick’s presence in the divisions buyers seek out the most: subcompact, compact, and midsize. We’re talking crossovers, of course — after putting the LaCrosse sedan out to pasture earlier this year, Buick’s lineup now contains just a single passenger car nameplate. Ninety percent of the brand’s U.S. volume comes from utility vehicles.

“As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of the Buick and GMC brands.

The automaker claims the Encore GX ups the Encore’s cargo volume by 5 cubic feet, placing it just 3 cubes shy of the Envision’s rear storage space. Convenience and safety features stand to impress buyers, as Buick plans to offer a host of content as standard kit. Among those items is front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and lane keep assist with lane departure warning. The rear camera mirror found in the larger Enclave shows up here, too, along with a high-def surround camera system. Both are available options.

Other dimensions, as well as power specs, will have to wait until closer to its launch. Car and Driver reports that the Encore GX will boast more power than the basic Encore, suggesting that the optional second-generation 1.4-liter turbo dropped from the Encore lineup for 2020 will find a home here. That mill makes 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, compared to the Encore’s 138 hp and 148 lb-ft.

An automatic transmission will sent the four-banger’s power to either the front or all four wheels. As the provided photos show, the Encore GX’s cabin improves on its smaller sibling’s interior, with the dash lending a sense of width to the still-small vehicle.

Again, the Encore GX lands on these shores early next year. The basic Encore is also due for a revamp before too long, but it won’t be the Encore that just bowed in China. That model ditches the current-gen model’s Gamma II platform for GM’s Global Emerging Markets (GEM) architecture, a platform developed with overseas buyers in mind.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Akear Akear on May 30, 2019

    Is the interior rubbish?

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Jun 04, 2019

    For everyone who thought "the Encore's actually not bad with the upgraded engine, just wish the seats were a little wider and the cargo area would fit a proper dog"...is this our (wife's) new car?

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?