As we have previously reported, General Motors will replace the current, first-generation Buick Encore with two models in China: the first model will be the second-generation Buick Encore based on the new GM GEM platform, while the second will be the all-new Encore GX that rides on VSS-F architecture. Only the Encore GX will make it to the U.S. market, while the GEM-based Encore – built on a lesser structure only suited for emerging markets – will not be sold in the Americas. That much we knew already. What we didn’t know is how the Encore GX will be launched in the U.S.
According to sources familiar with the future GM product cadence speaking to GM Authority on the basis of anonymity, General Motors will continue selling the current, first-generation Buick Encore in the U.S. market well into the future. Meanwhile, the all-new Buick Encore GX will launch as an all-new model, slotting into the “white space” between the Encore and Envision.
The move makes sense given that the new Encore GX is a bit larger than a typical subcompact (B-segment) crossover. In fact, we can call it “subcompact plus”, for all intents and purposes. Meanwhile, the Buick Envision is a true compact (C-segment) crossover, and will continue in its rightful spot, slotting above the new Encore GX.
|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
Keeping the first-generation Buick Encore in the U.S. lineup essentially replicates GM’s two-model family strategy in China. But instead of offering the GEM-based Encore in America, The General will instead offer the first-gem, Gamma-based model. That’s because GM never intended to sell the new GEM-based Encore in the United States, and can’t do so without major re-engineering of key vehicle elements; after all, the model was engineered exclusively for the needs and associated cost structures of emerging markets.
North America:,Encore (Gamma),Encore GX,Envision,Enclave (C1 long)
The first-generation Buick Encore was introduced for the 2013 model year in the U.S. market. It rides on the GM Gamma platform shared with the Chevrolet Trax and Sonic, among other subcompact GM vehicles such as the current Chevy Onix and Prisma.
In addition, we expect another future Buick crossover to join the brand’s utility lineup in the near future. The model in question is a premium-level compact entry derived from the E2 platform introduced by the Cadillac XT4. The model, previewed as the Buick Enspire concept in 2018, will be roughly the same size as the Envision. However, the new entry is expected to be positioned above the Envision as a premium-level offering.