The 2020 Buick Encore GX unveiled in Shanghai last week will come to America as well, according to a new report.
The Buick Encore has been a huge success story since its introduction in 2013. While cheap compact cars have gone the way of the dodo, slightly less cheap compact crossovers have stepped in to fill the void, of which the Encore enjoys a special place. The cute little subcompact crossover has tripled its sales since its inception, selling almost 93,000 units in 2018.
Almost half of all Buicks sold in America are Encores.
However, the Encore is due for a refresh. Buick is trying to shore up support in the largest automotive market on Earth (read: China), so they unveiled the next-gen Encore at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show last week. They also revealed another Encore model, the Encore GX, which is a slightly larger version of the crossover that bridges into the compact category.
According to Automotive News, the Encore GX isn’t just going to stay in China. It’s also coming to the US.
To be sold above the regular Encore but below the compact Enclave, the Encore GX will fill out Buick’s crossover fleet with a vehicle that will likely start in the upper $20,000s. It will have a slightly longer wheelbase than the regular Encore owing to its different chassis: the Encore is based on GM’s Global Emerging Markets platform (GEM), while the Encore GX is based on the VSS-F platform.
In China, the Encore and Encore GX were introduced with two engines--either a 1.0-L turbo 3-cylinder with 116 hp or a 1.3-L turbo 3-cylinder with 158 hp. Neither of those seems likely to come to America, and we suspect the Encore and Encore GX will retain the same 1.4-L turbo 4-cylinder engines that they currently use.
We’re still not quite sure what the 2020 Encore will look like in North America as the Automotive News report said that the Encore shown in Shanghai will be built and sold in China only. However, they added that GM is trying to integrate and align the US and Chinese markets, so we’d expect to see the 2020 Encore look fairly similar.
Maybe we’ll still have that fake skid plate on the North American Encore.