The Buick Encore is consistently one of the best-selling models in its class, the best-seller for the Buick brand, and one of the best-selling models for General Motors. Now, the all-new Buick Encore GX is joining the Buick crossover lineup to complement the Encore (rather than to replace it), while the first-gen Encore continues. Here’s what’s new and different for the 2020 Buick Encore.
The model range for 2020 model remains the same as it was for 2019:
- Encore (base) available only in FWD
- Preferred available in either FWD or AWD
- Sport Touring available in either FWD or AWD
- Essence available either FWD or AWD
Outside, the 2020 Buick Encore sees the deletion of the Coppertino Metallic exterior color.
In addition, the Satin Steel Metallic is no longer available on base models.
Inside, the 2020 Buick Encore deletes two features from the Sport Touring model: the auto-dimming inside rearview mirror as well as the dual-zone automatic climate control.
The only way to get both features on the small crossover is to opt for the range-topping Essence model, which has both features standard.
Mechanically, the 2020 Buick Encore deletes the optional turbo-charged 1.4L I4 LE2 engine, which was available on the Sport Touring and Essence trim levels. With the deletion of the optional LE2 engine comes the deletion of the associated 6-speed automatic transmission. The change means that all 2020 Encore models are now powered by the turbo-charged 1.4L I4 LUV engine, which is a much older design that the LE2 that’s been deleted. The LUV makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
Completing the changes to the 2020 Buick Encore is the deletion of the engine block heater, while the oil pan heater becomes available on all trims.
And that rounds out the changes to the 2020 Encore. The subcompact crossover will stick around for the 2021 model year, and could even continue thereafter. We’ll be here to tell you all about the changes for the 2021 MY in the near future, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority as we bring you Buick Encore news, Buick news and more ongoing GM news coverage.