Having announced the 2020 Buick Encore GX earlier this year for China, GM officially announced the vehicle for the United States market at the end of May. But both the Chinese and U.S. announcements included only a few photos of the new crossover, which enters as a sort of “subcompact plus” model slotting between the subcompact Encore (B-segment CUV) and compact Envision (C-segment CUV). Luckily, our spy managed to catch the new crossover undergoing validation testing in Colorado, giving us our first “in the wild” look at the Encore GX.
One element that the press photos didn’t show in great detail is the front end, including the boomerang-shaped daytime running lights that do double duty as a signature accent for the vehicle. Inside the headlamp cluster is a set of LED lights with a primary forward lighting element on the outside, and a double-stacked element inside.
In addition, take note of the red accents within the upper grille as well as the equally-red strip in the lower grille. These red elements are standard on the Encore GX ST (Sport Touring) model. Both the black and white models seen here are finished in the ST trim.
The front end also features a unique treatment of the area that houses the turn signal indicators and fog lamps.
What these real-world 2020 Buick Encore GX photos show more than anything is the “subcompact-plus”-size of this new entry. The Encore GX is notably larger than the first-gen model, which Buick will continue selling in the U.S., at least for the time being. In China, the first-gen Encore will be replaced by the all-new, second-gen Encore.
And check out that floating roofline treatment, the surface development of the rear haunches (or “hips”) and door panels.
Out back, we see the new Buick tail lamp design, along with what seems to be a set of fake exhaust outlets flanking the rear valance, with the actual exhaust tucked under the vehicle. There’s also a red accent strip at the lower rear valance, much like at the front.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX rides on the all-new GM VSS-F platform (or rather, vehicle set). GM says that it will offer “spirited and efficient performance”, while its cargo space was purposefully designed to be almost 5 cubic feet larger than that of the Encore and about 3 cubic feet smaller than that of the Envision.
When it launches, the 2020 Buick Encore GX will offer a slew of standard safety and driver assistance features, including Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. It will also offer GM’s innovative Rear Camera Mirror, which provides a wider, less obstructed rear view while parking and driving, as well as a High Definition Surround Vision camera system.
No word yet on what will power this subcompact-plus entry, but we expect it to be the a boosted four-cylinder.
The introduction of the 2020 Buick Encore GX expands Buick’s crossover offerings in the United States to four. Today, almost 90 percent of U.S. Buick sales comes from utility vehicles.