The “standard” Buick Encore crossover will be sold alongside the newer Encore GX here in the U.S., with production of the non-GX Encore continuing on into the 2021 model year. We previously covered this story back in May of 2019, and now, we’ve learned how long the “standard” Encore will continue production in its current form.
Looking ahead, the 2021 Buick Encore will bring a few minor changes as part of the upcoming rolling update, but nothing major. This includes some new colors and a few small modifications to the equipment groups.
For reference, the Encore GX slots in between the “standard” Buick Encore and the larger Buick Envision with regard to Buick’s model cadence. The Encore GX is a little larger than a standard subcompact B-segment model, and thus we refer to it as a “subcompact plus” model. Meanwhile, the Buick Envision slots right into the compact C-segment in terms of sizing.
By comparison, the first-generation “standard” Buick Encore is considered to be on the smaller end of sub-compact B-segment.
It’s not terribly surprising that the “standard” Buick Encore will continue to be sold alongside the newer Encore GX here in the states. Although the Encore GX made its North American debut last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the popularity of the crossover body style justifies the presence of both models in the automaker’s lineup. As such, it’ll be interesting to see how long the “standard” Encore lives on in its current form.
Meanwhile, in the Chinese market, General Motors is replacing the current first-generation Buick Encore with two models, namely the second-generation Encore, which is based on the new GM GEM platform, and the all-new Encore GX, which is based on the GM VSS-F architecture. This latter vehicle is the only vehicle of the two that will make it to the U.S., with the new GEM-based Encore designed for, and relegated to, emerging markets only.