Buick is shortly turning into an SUV model. Because it progressively eliminates automobiles from its lineup, the Common Motors model is rising its lineup of utility automobiles. Set to go on sale early subsequent yr, the 2020 Buick Encore GX will fill a distinct segment between the present Encore and Envision.
The Encore GX, which has already been unveiled for the Chinese language market, gained’t change the Encore. Buick will promote the 2 automobiles facet by facet, much like what Nissan does with the Rogue and Rogue Sport. Which may create some confusion, however Buick apparently felt the Encore title had sufficient traction for use on a couple of automobile. The Encore GX is a comparatively small automobile (it’s concerning the measurement of a Jeep Compass, in response to Automotive and Driver), nevertheless it’s nonetheless larger than the usual Encore, which is actually a glorified subcompact hatchback.
Buick gained’t launch full particulars on the Encore GX till it hits showrooms subsequent yr, however did say that the GX will supply about 5 cubic ft extra cargo house than the usual Encore. The Encore GX’s cargo maintain shall be about three cubic ft smaller than the Envision’s, nonetheless. As a result of it’s a bigger automobile, the Encore GX will doubtless get a extra highly effective engine than the usual Encore, which is simply obtainable with a 1.Four-liter turbocharged inline-four making 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
The Encore GX shall be obtainable with a number of normal driver aids, Buick mentioned, together with autonomous emergency braking, ahead collision warning, lane preserve help, and lane departure warning. It should even be obtainable with a surround-view digital camera system and the rearview digital camera mirror beforehand seen on different GM automobiles, however they might be non-obligatory extras.
Buick claims that SUVs account for greater than 90 % of its United States gross sales, which isn’t too stunning. The LaCrosse sedan and Cascada convertible had been not too long ago eradicated as a part of a significant cost-cutting effort by GM, leaving the Regal as the one automobile left in Buick’s lineup. The Regal is obtainable as both a Sportback five-door hatchback or TourX station wagon.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX shall be in-built South Korea alongside the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Nevertheless, a Buick spokesperson instructed Motor Authority that the Encore GX will constructed on a Buick-specific platform not shared with some other model. The Encore GX is predicted to share quite a few parts with the Trailblazer and different future GM automobiles, although. GM is making an attempt to make use of extra widespread components to be able to cut back prices.