We’ve already covered the Encore GX and its various features quite extensively, however General Motors has released some new information on the subcompact crossover in LA. The automaker has provided fuel economy estimates for both the 1.2-liter base engine and optional 1.3-liter engine, with the turbocharged three cylinders both returning 31 mpg combined per GM’s own estimate.
As a reminder, the turbocharged 1.2-liter LIH three-cylinder is rated at 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque and will be mated to a CVT automatic in the Encore GX. Meanwhile, the turbocharged 1.3-liter L3T three-cylinder, meanwhile, will be paired to the CVT in front-wheel-drive models and the GM nine-speed automatic in all-wheel-drive models. The 1.3-liter engine is good for 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 31-mpg fuel economy estimate is likely for front front-wheel-drive models only, though GM did not specify.
Additionally, GM has confirmed the Buick Encore GX will go on sale at U.S. Buick dealers in early 2020. Pricing has not yet been announced and will be released closer to the vehicle’s arrival at dealers.
A number of active safety features will also come standard on all U.S.-spec Encore GX models, including Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Brake, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic adjusting high and low beams.
The Buick Encore GX rides on GM’s VSS-F platform and slots in between the Buick Encore and Buick Envision in the brand’s portfolio. This makes it a “subcompact-plus” entry, as it is larger than a typical subcompact B-segment CUV like the Encore, but smaller than a C-segment compact crossover like the Envision.
“Premium SUV buyers are looking for features that fit their lifestyle priorities, and Buick is giving customers more segment choices with our new Encore GX,” said Buick brand boss Duncan Aldred. “As we look to the future of Buick, and customer demand trends, our four-SUV portfolio puts us in a strong competitive position across the most popular SUV segments.”