Here in North America, the 2021 Buick Encore is set to be the final model year of the current first-generation vehicle. When the 2022 Buick Encore arrives, it will delete the base trim level currently on offer for the 2021 model year.
For now, the 2021 Buick Encore is available in two trim levels, including the base-level Encore, and the more upscale Encore Preferred. The base trim level is offered with front-wheel drive, while the Preferred trim level is offered with both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.
Looking ahead to the 2022 model year, the base trim will be deleted, leaving the Preferred trim as the only trim level available. Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive will be offered for the 2022 model year.
As GM Authority exclusively covered earlier this month, a replacement for the current first-gen Buick Encore is on the way, with General Motors expected to bring the GEM-based, second-gen Buick Encore currently sold in China for sale in the U.S. and Canada. When it arrives, the second-gen Encore will be sold alongside the Buick Encore GX, which is based on the GM VSS-F vehicle set. The second-gen, GEM-based Buick Encore is expected to be offered as a more affordable subcompact crossover compared to the Encore GX.
Under the hood, the upcoming 2022 Buick Encore will source motivation from the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LE2 gasoline engine, which arrives as a replacement for the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gasoline engine during the 2021 model year. Output from the LE2 is rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, and compared to the engine which it replaces, the LE2 is both more modern and more efficient.
For the moment, General Motors is recommending that dealers order units of the 2021 Buick Encore in the Preferred trim level with little to no options. The three suggested build configurations are no options, Remote Start, and Remote Start plus Safety Package.