Buick is working on the new generation Encore model and the latest spy photos are the proof. The brand’s smallest, subcompact crossover has proven on the market and Buick will try to support its increasing sales with the new design and features. The model was all-new in 2013 and after the refresh for 2017, the 2020 Buick Encore will enter the second generation.
Buick hasn’t yet disclosed what changes the new Encore hides under the camo but we should expect extensive upgrades in all aspects. The model will arrive on the upgraded platform and with the new exterior and cabin design. The new tech and convenience features will also appear in the redesigned version. The next Encore should, however, return with the same engine displacement while pairing it with the new automatic transmission. The twined version of the Encore, the Opel Mokka X goes on sale in the overseas market.
2020 Buick Encore: Platform and Design
Details about the redesigned 2020 Buick Encore are still scarce and it isn’t yet clear what platform the model will use. The current GM Gamma II Platform is shared with the current Mokka X and Chevy Trax and while the new Mokka X will be based on PSA Group’s CMP small car platform, the new Encore could borrow it under license or GM will use its underpinning for both small Buick and Chevy models.
On the other hand, based on the spy photos, the new Encore seems to have a slightly larger body which could also mean longer wheelbase and more interior space. However, the new version will stay in the subcompact class and therefore there won’t be big dimension changes.
The changes in model’s styling are also hard to identify. The rising beltline and slightly resculpted fender flares can be detected. Buick’s latest design language will define the styles of the grille and lighting units and they should be similar to what we can see on brand’s latest models. The tailgate seems also reshaped slightly and the roof line also looks slightly longer.
Inside the cabin of the smallest Buick crossover, we should expect the new center cluster and instrument panel. Buick will also employ new materials and textures and improve seat comfort.
The new generation version will also come with the new connectivity and upgraded driver aids. All versions will use the latest infotainment system with smartphone support and the model will also equip keyless entry and ignition, power driver seat, and more in the base version. The upper grades will add more sophisticated materials and comfort features. The active driver aids should appear in more trims and with upgraded features.
It is also possible the inclusion of the high-class Avenir trim with the unique exterior and interior details and top-notch materials and electronic aids.
2020 Buick Encore: Powertrain
In the engine department, the new 2020 Buick Encore should repeat a 1.4-liter engine displacement. A turbocharged unit is available in two outputs in the current version with the base model producing 138 hp and more powerful generating 153 hp. However, Buick should replace the current 6-speed automatic transmission with the new 9-gear setup with possible upgrades to the performance and efficiency.
The model will arrive again with the front- and all-wheel drive. The fuel economy should remain around 30 mpg combined.
2020 Buick Encore: Arrival, Price
The redesigned 2020 Buick Encore will go on sale in late 2019 and price should stay close to the current range.