Earlier this month, GM officially revealed the 2020 Buick Encore and Encore GX in China. The all-new models that will jointly replace the current, first-generation Buick Encore, depending on market. Unfortunately, The General provided very little information about both vehicles in its announcement, but we dug deeper and managed to find the very first external dimensions for each of the new crossovers, revealing some interesting information about the vehicles.
Before we go forward, we should provide some baseline information about the new Encore models. The model that is simply known as the Buick Encore is based on GM’s new Global Emerging Markets vehicle architecture known as the GEM platform. As of this writing, GM’s strategy involves selling the 2020 Buick Encore exclusively in China.
Meanwhile, the model known as the Encore GX is based on the GM’s VSS-F platform. This model will also be sold in China, but we also expect it to come to North America to replace the current Encore. With all that out of the way, let’s have a look at how the models measure up to each other, to the current Buick Encore, as well as to the current Buick Envision.
The all-new Buick Encore (the non-GX model destined only for China) has a wheelbase that’s 0.6 inches (15 mm) longer on to an overall length that is up 0.5 inches (15 mm). Width is up 0.9 inches (23 mm) but height is down 1.3 inches (30 mm). Overall, the vehicle has roughly the same dimensional footprint as the current, first-gen Encore, but has a longer wheelbase and a shorter height.
|Dimension||First-Gen Encore||2020 Encore||2020 Encore GX||First-Gen Envision|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||100.6 / 2555||101.2 / 2570||104 / 2640||108.3 / 2750|
|Length (in / mm):||168.5 / 4280||169 / 4295||175.7 / 4463||183.7 / 4667|
|Width (in / mm):||69.9 / 1775||70.8 / 1798||71.4 / 1813||71 / 1804|
|Height (in / mm):||64.8 / 1646||63.5 / 1616||64.6 / 1642||65.3 / 1659|
|Segment:||B-segment (smaller end)||B-segment (smaller end)||B-segment (larger end)||C-segment|
|Market:||China & NA||China only||China & NA||China & NA|
- B-segment = subcompact
- C-segment = compact
- NA = North America
Meanwhile, the all-new Buick Encore GX (the model coming to China and North America) is notably larger than both the current Encore as well as the all-new 2020 Encore. Compared to the first-gen model, the Encore GX has a wheelbase that’s 3.4 inches (85 mm) longer on to an overall length that’s 7.2 inches (183 mm) longer. Width is up 1.5 inches (38 mm) but height is down 0.2 inches (4 mm). In that regard, the new Buick Encore GX is still a subcompact (B-segment) crossover, but one that’s larger than the first-gen model. Hence, it will be positioned between the new Encore and the Envision in terms of size and price in China, while also being Buick’s smallest crossover in North America.
It’s worth highlighting that both versions of the new Buick Encore are longer than the current model, but are also less tall. Both changes should help improve the somewhat “short and stubby” appearance of the current, first-gen model.