With General Motors announcing full pricing for the 2020 Buick Encore GX last month and the EPA releasing its fuel economy estimates for the new compact crossover, we expected dealers to begin taking delivery of the vehicle shortly.
We can now report the crossover has begun to arrive at some Buick dealers in the United States, though many units are still in transit, en route from South Korea. Canadian dealers should also begin to receive the vehicle shortly, with Buick Canada saying it will go on sale in spring 2020.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX will start at $25,095 in the U.S. for the entry-level Preferred trim. The mid-range Select trim will start at $26,695, while the range-topping Essence is priced from $29,495.
A number of active safety features are standard on the 2020 Buick Encore GX – an area that GM has lagged behind its rivals in recently. Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning are all included with the $25,095 base price. Some safety features will be extra, though, with the Advanced Technology package adding Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Park Assist and the Safety package adding Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Blind-Spot Warning.
The standard engine on all three 2020 Buick Encore GX trim levels is a turbocharged 1.2L LIH three-cylinder engine, which produces 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A more powerful 1.3L L3T three-cylinder, good for 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, can be added to front-wheel-drive models at extra cost. The 1.3L engine is also the only engine offered with AWD models. It is paired with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission in AWD Encore GXs instead of the CVT.
The 2020 Buick Encore GX is built at GM Korea’s Bupyeong facility in Incheon, South Korea alongside the related 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Like the Encore GX, the Trailblazer is expected to arrive in the U,S. from South Korea in increasing numbers over the next few months.