According to GM Authority sources, the production of the 2023 Buick Encore will begin at the GM Bupyeong plant in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea on April 24th, 2022.
Information on the 2023 Buick Encore GX is currently unavailable. For now, the 2022 Buick Encore GX is positioned between the subcompact Buick Encore and compact Buick Envision. First introduced for the 2020 model year, the Buick Encore GX has received only small updates and changes thus far.
The powertrain selection includes the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, rated at 137 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine, rated at 155 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.
Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered. Transmission options include either the GM CVT or the GM nine-speed automatic, depending on the drivetrain configuration, with the 1.2L I3 LIH connecting to the CVT, and the 1.3L I3 L3T connecting to the CVT on front-wheel drive models and the nine-speed in every other configuration.
Under the body panels, the Buick Encore GX rides on top of the GM VSS-F vehicle set. It should be noted that despite similarities in the nameplate the Encore GX is mechanically unrelated to the Buick Encore, the latter of which rides on the Gamma 2 platform.
As GM Authority covered previously, General Motors is changing the way in which dealers order the Buick Encore GX, as well as the Chevy Trailblazer crossover. Previously, dealers would order both vehicles using a “consensus” model wherein the dealer would request specific vehicles and trims from the factory. By comparison, dealers must now use a “port consensus” model wherein General Motors builds the vehicles it thinks are needed, then ships them to port, where dealers then select from whatever is available.