We’ve previously seen mules of the all-new 2020 Buick Encore undergoing testing both in the U.S. and in South Korea. Those units we wearing some heavy cladding to cover up the body, but our spy photographers just caught up to a prototype model that traded its heavy black camo for a tight-fitting checkered wrap, giving us our best look at Buick’s second-generation B-segment crossover SUV.
One look at this 2020 Buick Encore prototype and it’s clear that the new model will be only slightly larger than the current, first-generation vehicle. Despite the presence of a longer wheelbase, this CUV will remain a subcompact offering. Even so, the second-gen model appears to be better executed that the first-gen, with various details that deliver a more elegant appearance.
One of the areas that achieves that very goal is a cleaner, more natural execution of the A-pillar, particularly the cutlines around the area.
In addition, this prototype swaps the pedestal-style mirrors to a more traditional side-arm configuration. The change really improves the appearance of the small vehicle, giving it a more grown-up, cohesive look. By comparison, the current model’s pedestal-style mirrors gave off somewhat of a cartoonish vibe.
In addition, the side-window-profile of this 2020 Buick Encore prototype remains quite similar to that of the current model, while giving off the feeling of being somewhat longer and more substantial.
The single exhaust outlet of the current model appears to have been replaced with a unit tucked under the vehicle, disguising the outlet altogether.
We should also note that this tester is running with placeholder headlights and taillights, so we shouldn’t rush to any conclusions surround the lighting elements just yet.
About 2020 Buick Encore
Expected for the 2020 model year, the next Buick Encore will represent the second generation of the Encore nameplate. The first-generation model was developed primarily for European markets by GM’s ex-subsidiary, Opel, while the second-gen model is being developed by GM in North America and Korea for sale exclusively in North America and China.
The 2020 Buick Encore will ride on new GM Vehicle Set. In fact, we expect the 2020 Buick Encore to be one of three new crossovers to launch General Motors’ Vehicle Set Strategy – with the other two being the 2020 Chevy Trax and the forthcoming subcompact GMC crossover, whose name we have yet to find out (but expect to be 2020 GMC Granite). Exactly which Vehicle Set will underpin the next Encore is currently unknown, but we’d wager that it will be either VSS-S (for crossover SUVs) or VSS-F (for front-drive models).
Despite some reports stating that the new Encore will see a substantial growth in size, we believe that 2020 Encore dimensions will remain relatively close to those of the current model, as it will slot beneath the compact Buick Envision and expected Buick Enspire in the Tri Shield brand’s crossover lineup.
Expect Buick’s Encore to be revealed at some point over the next 8-12 months, and launch in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model.
About Buick Encore
The Buick Encore is a subcompact crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It slots below the Envision as Buick's smallest CUV and rides on the GM Gamma 2 platform shared most directly with the Chevrolet Trax; a variant of the architecture is also shared with the Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo. The model was Buick's first offering in the subcompact (B segment) crossover space.
Having launched for the 2013 model year in the U.S., the Trax received a refresh for the 2017 model year that consisted of all-new front and rear fascias, an updated interior, a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more.
The 2018 Buick Encore represents the fifth model year of the first-generation Encore. The model receives several changes including one new exterior color, a cabin ionizer, capless fuel fill, and several package-level changes. The 2019 Encore got two new exterior colors, the deletion of the Preferred II (1SD) and Premium (1SN) trim levels, and a new Safety Package called Safety Package II. The 2020 model is expected to be the last model year of the current, first-generation Encore before an all-new, second-generation model arrives.
The Buick Encore is produced at the following GM plants:
- GM Bupyeong factory in Bupyeong-Gu, South Korea operated by GM Korea supplying North America
- GM Dongyue South in Yantai, Shandong, China operated by GM China and SAIC supplying China
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