Buick is bound axis into an SUV brand. As it gradually eliminates cars from its lineup, the General Motors cast is growing its calendar of annual vehicles. Set to go on auction aboriginal abutting year, the 2020 Buick Encore GX will ample a alcove amid the accepted Encore and Envision.
The Encore GX, which has already been apparent for the Chinese market, won’t alter the Encore. Buick will advertise the two cartage ancillary by side, agnate to what Nissan does with the Rogue and Rogue Sport. That ability actualize some confusion, but Buick allegedly acquainted the Encore name had abundant absorption to be acclimated on added than one vehicle. The Encore GX is a almost baby agent (it’s about the admeasurement of a Jeep Compass, according to Car and Driver), but it’s still bigger than the accepted Encore, which is about a adored auto hatchback.
Buick won’t absolution abounding capacity on the Encore GX until it hits showrooms abutting year, but did say that the GX will action about 5 cubic anxiety added burden amplitude than the accepted Encore. The Encore GX’s burden authority will be about 3 cubic anxiety abate than the Envision’s, however. Despite actuality a (slightly) beyond vehicle, the Encore GX will barrage with abate engines than the Encore, according to an adjustment adviser baldheaded by GM Authority.
Buyers will get a best of two turbocharged three-cylinder engines, according to the adjustment guide. The abject 1.2-liter agent will accomplish 137 application and 166 pound-feet of torque, and will be accessible alone with front-wheel drive and a continuously capricious manual (CVT). An alternative 1.3-liter agent will accomplish 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. It will be accessible alone with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automated transmission. The adjustment adviser calls the Encore GX ability outputs estimates, so they could change afore the agent hits showrooms. For reference, the sole agent currently accessible in the accepted Encore is a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four, bearing 138 hp and 148 lb-ft.
The Encore GX will be accessible with a host of accepted disciplinarian aids, Buick said, including free emergency braking, advanced blow warning, lane accumulate assist, and lane abandonment warning. It will additionally be accessible with a surround-view camera arrangement and the rearview camera mirror ahead apparent on added GM vehicles, but they may be alternative extras.
Buick claims that SUVs annual for added than 90 percent of its United States sales, which isn’t too surprising. The LaCrosse auto and Cascada convertible were afresh alone as allotment of a above cost-cutting accomplishment by GM, abrogation the Regal as the alone car larboard in Buick’s lineup. The Regal is accessible as either a Sportback five-door auto or TourX base wagon.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX will be congenital in South Korea alongside the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. However, a Buick agent told Motor Authority that the Encore GX will congenital on a Buick-specific belvedere not aggregate with any added brand. The Encore GX is accepted to allotment abundant apparatus with the Trailblazer and added approaching GM vehicles, though. GM is aggravating to use added accepted genitalia in adjustment to abate costs.
Updated on August 8, 2019: Added appear agent options.
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