The 2021 Buick Encore GX represents the second model year of the first-generation Encore GX small crossover. For those who haven’t been paying close attention to Buick’s product line, the Encore GX is positioned between the subcompact Encore and the compact Envision. It receives minor changes and updates for the 2021 model year, highlighted the addition of the various package.
2021 Buick Encore GX Exterior
On the outside, the Encore GX sees the addition of a several dealer installed options (aka LPOs), including the following:
- Painted bodyside moldings
- Available on all models and trim levels
- Grille with body-color surround
- Roof rack cross rails (set of 2, bright with black end caps)
- Custom molded front and rear splash guards
- Painted front and rear splash guards
Notably, all exterior color options remain the same as for the 2020 model year, with nine available in total, including:
- Dark Moon Blue Metallic
- Black Currant Metallic
- Burnished Bronze Metallic
- Summit White
- Ebony Twilight Metallic
- Chili Red Metallic
- White Frost Tricoat
- Deep Azure Blue Metallic
- Satin Steel Metallic
2021 Buick Encore GX Interior
On the inside, the 2021 Encore GX welcomes a host of dealer-installed options, including:
- Sport pedal kit
- All-weather floor liners
- All-weather floor mats
- Cargo mat, color-keyed carpeted
- Premium carpeted floor mats
The model also sees a few technology changes as well.
2021 Buick Encore GX Technology
Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto have been added as standard on all 2021 Encore GX models. The 2020 model year Encore GX featured wired-only CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. What’s more, Sirius XM now becomes standard on all models. For the 2020 model year, it was only standard on Select and Essence models.
Additionally, the HD Rear Vision Camera has been deleted for the 2021 model year. This means that all 2021 Encore GX models now have a standard (non-HD) Rear Vision Camera, which is upgradeable to HD Surround Vision on models with the Advanced Technology Package, available on Select and Essence models.
2021 Buick Encore GX Powertrain
Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Encore GX continues to offer two engine choices: the turbocharged 1.2-liter LIH, with an output of 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 1.3-liter L3T, which produces 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.
Notably, the smaller LIH is paired exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the more robust L3T is coupled with GM’s 9T4X 9-speed automatic except for front-wheel drive applications.
2021 Buick Encore GX Availability
Production of the 2021 Buick Encore GX began in late Q3 2020 at the following facilities:
- GM China (SAIC) at the Dong Yue plant in Yantai, Shandong, China supplying the Chinese domestic market.
- GM Korea at the GM Bupyeong plant in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea supplying North American markets.
As such, 2021 units are already on dealer lots. Looking ahead, we expect the first-generation Encore GX to live on thru at least the 2026 model year, with a refresh likely taking place for the 2023 model year.
Praised for its interior room and advanced safety tech, among other things. An interest-free financing offer is also available for both 2021 and 2022 models.
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Praised for its interior room and advanced safety tech, among other things.
An interest-free financing offer is also available for both 2021 and 2022 models.