Earlier this year, GM unveiled the new 2020 Buick Encore and Buick Encore GX in a joint debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The all-new Buick Encore “regular” is meant for China only, while the Encore GX will be sold in both North America and in China. Meanwhile here in the States, the current, first-generation Buick Encore will remain on sale for the foreseeable future, and it will be joined by the all-new Encore GX early next year. As such, we’re taking a moment to compare the first-gen Buick Encore to the upcoming Buick Encore GX with regard to exterior styling.
To note, these two vehicles are completely different, despite the nameplate.
Dimensionally speaking, the 2020 Buick Encore GX is larger than the first-gen Buick Encore, with a longer wheelbase, in addition to being longer and wider overall, while being slightly lower. As a result, we’ve deemed the GX a “subcompact plus” model, given it’s a bit larger than a typical subcompact (B-segment) CUV but still smaller than a traditionally-sized C-segment compact crossover.
Under the skin, the standard Encore utilizes the GM Gamma 2 vehicle platform, while the Buick Encore GX is built on the VSS-F vehicle set. Meanwhile, the second-gen 2020 Buick Encore slated for the Chinese market is built on the GEM vehicle platform, and will not make it stateside.
With that covered, let’s take a gander at what visual differences we can find between these two models.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX adopts the brand’s all-new design direction. Up front, it features a completely new design, with reshaped headlamp housings, a new grille, new fog lights, and a new lower fascia as well. The look emphasizes the crossover’s horizontal plane far more than the rounded first-gen model, and the deeper, stretched-out intakes lend it more modern flair as well. Up top, we find a familiar character line running down the center of the hood.
From the front three-quarter view, the new Buick Encore GX appears to offer a more SUV-esque stance compared to the first-gen model, with a longer hoodline and squarer front section. Deeper character lines run underneath the window line, drawing back from the reshaped headlamps.
The profile view emphasizes the new Buick Encore GX’s size increase even further, especially around the lengthened C-pillar and roofline. The fenders look squarer as well, and we’re liking that new rear fender character line crease. Plastic body components once again line the lower sections and fenders.
The rear three-quarter view reveals the Buick Encore GX’s move away from the hatchback-like proportions of the first-gen model, and looks to emphasize the upper window line thanks to some prominent chrome trim. Don’t forget the roof spoiler seen on both models.
Finally, the rear fascia is completely different with the Buick Encore GX, featuring new taillamp housings, a new rear bumper, new rear glass and wider character lines throughout. The license plate was also moved lower into the fascia.