New spy photos of a lightly-disguised 2020 Buick Encore prototype enables us to get a close-up look at Buick’s all-new subcompact crossover utility vehicle.
Contrary to what some other (misinformed) outlets have been reporting, the second-gen Buick Encore will be based on GM’s new VSS-F platform (Vehicle Set Stragety – front), not on the Gamma platform. The vehicle carries internal program code 9BUB, which disambiguates to:
- 9 – GM platform code for the VSS-F architecture
- B – B-segment vehicle
- U – utility body style
- B – Buick brand
Overall, the design of the 2020 Buick Encore looks to be significantly more refined compared to the current, first-generation model. The wheelbase might be a little longer, but the overall footprint is expected to stay roughly the same as those of the current model. Meanwhile, the integration of the A-pillar into the overall design seems more harmonious than the first-gen model.
In addition, moving the side mirrors from pedestal-style door mount to the spot aft of the A-pillar seems to result in a notable improvement in stance and proportions. The side window profile, meanwhile, is reminiscent of the current model, but exudes more refinement.
The model seen here seems to be running with placeholder headlights and taillights. In addition, the exhaust is tucked under the vehicle, rather than being exposed like its platform mate – the 2020 Chevy Trax.
Expect the 2020 Buick Encore to be revealed some time in late 2019 and go on sale in either late 2019 or early 2020 as a 2020 model year vehicle. Its reveal and launch will follow that of the new Trax.
The next-gen Buick Encore will continue being built at the following plants:
- GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea supplying North American markets, and
- GM Dong Yue plant in China supplying the Chinese domestic market