The Buick Encore GX recently made its North American debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, following up on a global debut at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show over the summer. The current trim level cadence includes the base Preferred, the midrange Select, and the top-shelf Essence. However, is there room to slot in something with a little more performance?
We asked Buick and GMC Communications Manager Stuart Fowle about the prospect of adding a sportier option to the Buick Encore GX trim level cadence, possibly something with a little more engine than is offered in the current model lineup. Here’s his response:
“Not really something we hear from modern Buick customers. With the Encore, for example, we’ve offered the $800 option to upgrade to more power and more torque and that’s been a really low seller,” Fowle said.
For reference, Buick killed off the more-powerful 1.4L engine option for the 2020 Buick Encore back in May.
“As we’ve grown to put more emphasis on crossovers and different priorities, high performance isn’t something that modern Buick customers are coming to us asking for,” he added.
The current Buick Encore GX engine lineup starts with the turbocharged 1.2-liter LIH three-cylinder, which produces 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque and mates to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Above the LIH is the turbocharged 1.3L L3T three-cylinder, which is tuned to produce 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, and mates to a CVT in FWD models, and the GM nine-speed automatic transmission for AWD models.
“[Buick customers are] after fuel economy, refinement, all those things, and that’s what we think we’re delivering,” Fowle said.
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