General Motors introduced the all-new Buick Encore GX for the 2020 model year, filling the space between the compact Buick Envision and subcompact Buick Encore with an all-new “subcompact-plus” crossover offering. Now, GM Authority has learned that buyers will be able to purchase a new Buick Encore GX tow package around the September/October timeframe.
The upcoming Buick Encore GX tow package will include an accessory hitch, enabling the new crossover to tow upwards of 1,000 pounds / 453 kg – enough for something like a jet ski.
Installation of the new Buick Encore GX tow package is likely similar in process to installation of the Trailering Provisions package (RPO code V92) for the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. As we covered previously, installing the tow package on the new Trailblazer includes removal and modification of the rear bumper to accommodate the new hitch.
Availability with regard to trim levels and powertrain configurations is not yet known. Pricing is also unknown at this time. However, it does bear mentioning that the Encore GX comes as standard with a few trailering provisions, including a four-wire electric harness and a four-pin sealed connector. That said, this new Encore GX tow package will add the requisite hitch to make it all work.
As a reminder, the Buick Encore GX is based on the VSS-F vehicle set, similar to its corporate cousin, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Also like the Trailblazer, the new Encore GX is powered by a pair of turbocharged three-cylinder engines, including the 1.2L LIH, which produces 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the 1.3L L3T, which produces 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The LIH connects to a CVT, while the L3T connects to a nine-speed automatic. Both FWD and AWD are offered. Production for the North American market takes place at the GM Bupyeong plant in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea.