Earlier this week, GM finally announced the 2020 Buick Encore GX for the United States market. When examining the single photo of the new crossover’s interior, we noticed something interesting just ahead of the steering wheel, low on the windshield. Look closely at that area, and you’ll see a small, dark rectangle with a light blue and red graphic on it. That can only be one thing: a head-up display (HUD).
But this is a tiny crossover, and GM has traditionally reserved the feature for high-end models… so perhaps including the projected image in this cabin photo is a mistake. But it’s not.
We confirmed with Buick spokesperson Renee Ketels that the Buick Encore GX will, in fact, offer a head-up display.
A head-up display is a small display that places a semi-transparent readout of key information in the driver’s field of vision, at the base of the windshield. A HUD enhances safety, since the driver doesn’t need to look down at the gauge cluster to see key information. Instead, the driver simply looks ahead at the road, and sees the information displayed in his/her field of vision. And it also looks pretty cool, to boot.
In the case of the Buick Encore GX interior photo, the HUD is flipped to the engine speed (RPM) page, though it can also show vehicle speed and direction, select navigation and infotainment data, and safety-related info.
GM has traditionally reserved head-up displays for sports cars like the Chevrolet Corvette and Chevrolet Camaro, as well as high-end models like Cadillacs and full-size SUVs such as the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon. But the technology is now proliferating across lesser models. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra pickup trucks gained the feature during their overhaul for the 2019 model year. The Buick Encore GX will probably be the least premium GM vehicle to ever offer a HUD.
Speaking of which, the 2020 Buick Encore GX will launch in the U.S. market early next year, slotting between the subcompact Buick Encore and the compact Buick Envision as a “subcompact plus” premium crossover SUV.
In addition to a head-up display, the Buick Encore GX will also offer a host of GM active safety technologies as standard, including Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. What’s more, the Encore GX will also be the first GM model to offer Amazon Alexa support. Optional driver assistance systems will include GM’s innovative Rear Camera Mirror, which provides a wide, less obstructed rear view while parking and driving, and High-Def Surround Vision camera system. We imagine that the head-up display will also be an option, rather than a standard feature.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX will ride on the GM VSS-F vehicle set, and offer an extra five cubic-feet of cargo room compared to the standard Encore model.