General Motors is replacing Buick Encore. The new generation of the vehicle will appear as the 2020 Buick Encore GX. The old nameplate will still be available in all markets, except China and North America. Somewhere, you will find a vehicle with a similar look, named Opel Mokka.
Whatsoever, the new Encore is going to use the GEM platform. It doesn’t meet the regulations in the US, so the Buick GX is getting a different tuning. It will also be a bigger SUV than its sibling. Well, further details are not official yet, but there are a few good reasons why GM is going to do this. The main ones are the differences and requirements in some particular markets.
Redesign, Colors, and Interior
The new 2020 Buick Encore GX will be between standard Encore and larger Envision. Well, the US market is not getting the base model. The GX SUV, which is slightly larger than its predecessor, will probably use the VSS-F platform. It will make the SUV more versatile, and it gives more opportunities to designers and engineers.
Two models with a similar name will have a pretty similar design. At the premiere, we could see wide front grille with the traditional styling language. Buick logo is splitting this one into wings. Muscular side and the back are making a strong impression. We are sure the company will update the color palette since this is somehow a new arrival. On the other hand, we have no clues what will interior look like. Well, the latest technology will be there, and some leather, since Buick produces vehicles between the regular and premium segment.
Engines and Specs
Another unknown thing is which drivetrain is going to power the 2020 Buick Encore GX. Predecessor’s turbo-four units need an upgrade. A 1.5-liter engine was capable to create 140 or 155 hp, depending on setup. It could still be a base option, while the larger GX will definitely need a larger powertrain. This crossover can borrow a four-pot unit from Envision. Options are naturally-aspirated 2.5-l displacement and turbocharged 2.0-l mill. Definitely, the new Encore GX is not going after V6. It is also possible that the hybrid system will be ready for this model. The transmission will be a nine-speed auto. However, some hints are pointing to a CVT gearbox.
When Will The 2020 Buick Encore GX Be Available?
The new 2020 Buick Encore GX had a premiere at the largest Chinese auto show in Shanghai. Well, this is the country where the company achieves the best sales numbers. So, there is no surprise why the all-new crossover debuted there. The GX will be also available in China and the sales will start at the same time as in the US. We believe more info will show up by the end of this year, and the orders will be open early in 2020.
The price is definitely going up. Current Encore costs $25,000 and goes up to $33,000 for the fully-loaded versions. That is where the base Envision compact SUV starts. So, the new GX will settle somewhere between these two, probably around $27,000-$28,000. You will be able to upgrade your ride with either all-wheel drive setup, or additional trim package (Essence, Preferred).