The 2023 Buick Encore GX will introduce the fourth model year for the first-generation small crossover, and now, GM Authority has learned that when the 2023 Encore GX enters production, all units will be built without the Rear Park Assist feature.
The omission of the Rear Park Assist feature is the result of the ongoing global microchip shortage. The feature is tagged with RPO code UD7, and is normally included and only available with the Safety Package (RPO code WPD) for Preferred trim levels. For Select and Essence trim levels, the Rear Park Assist feature is also normally included and only available with the Advanced Technology Package (RPO code WPA).
With regard to updates, GM Authority has learned that Buick Encore GX will drop the Satin Steel Metallic exterior color from its order books for the 2023 model year. Satin Steel Metallic is tagged with paint code GYM and costs $495, and is available across all trim levels for the 2022 model year, including the entry-level Preferred, mid-grade Preferred and range-topping Essence.
As a replacement for Satin Steel Metallic, the 2023 Buick Encore GX will introduce a new color called Moonstone Gray Metallic, tagged with paint code BZB.
Going forward, the 2023 Buick Encore GX will serve as Buick’s entry-level model, with General Motors set to drop the Buick Encore from its lineup.
With regard to specs, the Buick Encore GX is offered with either 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, or the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, rated at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.
Transmission options include either the GM continuously variable transmission (CVT) or the GM nine-speed automatic, with front-wheel-drive models equipped with the CVT, and all-wheel-drive models running the nine-speed. Under the skin, the Buick Encore GX rides on GM’s modular GM VSS-F (Vehicle Strategy Set-Front) platform.