Last week, we brought you exclusive new spy shots of the 2020 Buick Encore while a prototype of the vehicle was undergoing testing in South Korea. Today, we bring you a new and exclusive photo of the interior of the future Buick Encore.
Though most of the prototype’s cabin is under wraps, the spy photo shows a partial view of the crossover’s center stack and gauges.
The cluster seems to be similar to the current model, with a digital Driver Information Center (DIC) separating the tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right.
The center stack is where the changes start getting rather interesting: the air vents have been moved to above the infotainment screen, resulting in a new horizontal shape for the vents.
The new HVAC vents in the 2020 Buick Encore interior are followed by the infotainment screen, which is clearly running the next-generation (version 3) of the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system, as evidenced by the row of icons on the bottom of the screen. The five physical controls below the screen (home, previous, next, back, power/volume dial) appear identical to those of the current model.
Hat tip to GM Authority reader Wu for the picture.
The GM Authority Take
Though that is all we can see from this particular spy photo, we must admit that we like what we see thus far. The repositioning of the AC vents and their new shape gives the center stack a feeling of increased width and better proportions. Additionally, it would appear that the infotainment screen is now slightly lower than before, which should make it easier to interact with the touchscreen.
The biggest question for us is whether the 2020 Buick Encore interior will finally gain a true armrest for the driver and passenger, or continue with the current model’s foldable units attached to the seat, which have been criticized for being uncomfortable.
About 2020 Buick Encore
We expect the 2020 Buick Encore to launch in the second half of the 2019 calendar year, likely in the fourth quarter. It will be one of the first (if not the first) GM vehicle to adopt the new GM vehicle set strategy, riding either on VSS-F or VSS-S.
It’s currently unclear where the vehicle will be made. The current model is assembled at the GM Bupyeong Plant in South Korea, but given the growing popularity of crossover SUVs and political uncertainty related to international trade, GM might decide to produce the subcompact crossover in North America, potentially in the United States.