The 2020 Buick Encore GX debuted in North America just last year at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, dropping cover stateside after an initial reveal at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show. The new Buick Encore GX takes a spot between the “regular” Buick Encore and the Buick Envision with regard to Buick’s model cadence, making it a “subcompact plus” model that’s larger than a traditional subcompact B-segment vehicle, but smaller than a traditional C-segment vehicle. That means the GX is physically larger than the regular Encore. Nevertheless, the GX model is in fact lighter than the regular Encore.
As GM Authority has uncovered, the 2020 Buick Encore GX carries a curb weight of 3,025 pounds (1,372 kg) in its lightest configuration. For those who are curious, the configuration in question is the base-level Preferred trim level, with front-wheel-drive and the turbocharged 1.2L LIH three-cylinder engine onboard for the powertrain and drivetrain. Output from the LIH is rated at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the front wheels by way of a CVT.
Meanwhile, the lightest non-GX Buick Encore is also the base model with front-wheel-drive, tipping the scales with a curb weight of 3,237 pounds (1,468 kg). For those keeping score at home, that makes the larger Encore GX 212 pounds lighter than the regular Encore, which is quite significant, especially for models in the subcompact segment.
To note, the lightest Buick Encore is equipped with the turbocharged 1.4L LUV inline four-cylinder, which produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and mates to a six-speed manual transmission.
To summarize, the 2020 Buick Encore GX is not only larger than the regular Encore, but also has roughly the same horsepower, more torque, and a lower curb weight, not to mention more features as well.
It’s a similar situation when comparing the lightest 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer against the lightest Chevrolet Trax, as we covered previously. All told, these specs certainly bode well for GM’s latest crossover models. Stay tuned for more info soon, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Buick Encore GX news, Buick Encore news, Buick news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.