- The second-gen Buick Encore – a B-segment crossover based on the GM GEM platform and destined exclusively for China, and
- The new Buick Encore GX – a B-segment crossover based on the GM VSS-F platform destined for China and North America that’s larger and more upscale than the former (it’s this model that we have seen undergoing testing in various spy shots_
Having already brought you photos of the “regular” Buick Encore, we now have the very first photos of the new Buick Encore GX.
Aesthetically, the new Buick Encore GX has a relatively more sporty, youthful, and refined appearance compared to the current, first-gen model. Out front sits a generously-sized grille whose design and pattern are very similar to those seen on the refreshed 2020 LaCrosse. Other notable features include intricately-styled all-LED headlamps, with LED being used for the “wing” lighting signature (that doubles as the Daytime Running Lights) as well as for the primary forward lighting element. And check out those large gills flanking the grille.
The sides have a discreet design, defined by an ascending beltline that culminates with a “floating roof” aesthetic between the C- and D-pillars. The rear end incorporates a rather small rear window and large tail-lights, whose design is similar to those of the current LaCrosse.
In China, the new Buick Encore GX will be powered by GM’s new 1.3L turbo-charged three-cylinder L3Z engine making 155 horses (166 kW) mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission sending power to either the front wheels (for FWD models) or to all four wheels for models (for models with AWD). It’s likely that the new Buick Encore GX will make it to North America with the same powertrain combination.
We expect the 2020 Buick Encore GX to be made at the following GM plants:
- GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea supplying North America, and
- GM Dong Yue plant in China supplying the Chinese domestic market