First introduced to the North American market at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show last month, the new Buick Encore GX hit the U.S. following a global debut at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show earlier in 2019. Now, we’re getting a look at the fresh crossover offering as it explores stateside roadways beyond the showroom floor.
In fact, our photographers managed to capture two examples of the new Buick Encore GX, one of which was finished in white, and the other of which was finished in red. Neither example appears to be equipped with the Sport Touring Package, which adds a number of unique aesthetic touches such as lower body-color trim and red grille accenting.
For reference, the new Buick Encore GX rides on GM’s VSS-F vehicle set platform, and slots in between the “regular” Buick Encore and the Buick Envision with regard to the Buick model cadence. This in-between sizing essentially makes the Encore GX a “subcompact-plus” model – that is, bigger than a standard subcompact B-segment CUV, but smaller than a C-segment compact crossover.
The Buick Encore GX has two engines on offer, both of which are turbocharged inline three-cylinders. The lineup includes the 1.2L LIH and the 1.3L L3T. Output from the 1.2L LIH is rated at 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, while the 1.3L L3T produces 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. While the LIH is exclusively mated to the MRG continuously variable transmission, the L3T comes with the MRG for FWD models, and the GM nine-speed automatic for AWD models.
U.S. models also come standard with a variety of active safety tech features, such as Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high/low beams.
To note, the new Buick Encore GX will be sold in both the North American and Chinese market.