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Buick Encore GX

The Buick Encore GX is a subcompact crossover SUV built by General Motors starting in 2019. Like the smaller Encore and the related Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Encore GX is manufactured by GM Korea. In China, it is manufactured by the SAIC-GM joint venture.


The Encore GX was revealed alongside the second generation Encore at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. It shares the VSS-F platform with the new Chevrolet Trailblazer crossover SUV. The size of the Encore GX is subcompact-plus, positioned between the subcompact Encore and the compact Envision.

After the discontinuation of the smaller Encore, the Encore GX was the entry-level offering from Buick, until the arrival of the larger but less expensive Envista.

North America

In North America, the Encore GX was introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019, and made its debut in early 2020 for the 2020 model year. It is positioned between the smaller Buick Encore and the midsize Buick Envision, but it does not replace the Buick Encore in the North American market. The Encore GX includes several standard safety assistance features, such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

The Encore GX was launched in three trims: Preferred, Select, and Essence. It also gets a Sport Touring package that adds visual enhancements such as a custom grille with Red accents, sporty front & rear bumpers with Red accents, body-colored moldings, and exclusive 18-inch wheels, but no mechanical upgrades.


In Mexico, the Encore GX was launched in February 2020 and is marketed simply as the Encore. It is offered there in Convenience, Leather, and Sport Touring trim levels. The 1.3-liter turbo I3 is the only engine available. The Encore GX replaces the original Encore in Mexico, unlike the US and Canada where both are available.

2023 refresh

In 2023, Buick unveiled the facelifted Encore GX for the 2024 model year. It adopts Buick's new Pure Design philosophy and corporate emblem. With the 2024 facelift, trim levels have changed now with base Preferred, mid-level ST, and luxury-oriented Avenir.


On August 18, 2023, Buick unveiled the facelifted Encore for the Chinese market. The refresh brings a new powertrain setup, as well as a change in name from Encore GX to Encore Plus. The Encore Plus gains a new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Inside, the Encore Plus gains a Virtual Cockpit System specific to the Chinese market, consisting of two 10.5-inch display panels, lacking any physical knobs and buttons, along with new brown upholstery.


Two engines are available. The first, a 1.2-liter, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine producing 137 hp (139 PS; 102 kW) and 162 lb⋅ft (220 N⋅m; 22.4 kg⋅m) torque, is standard on front-wheel-drive models with a CVT. The second, a 1.3-liter, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine producing 155 hp (157 PS; 116 kW) and 174 lb⋅ft (236 N⋅m; 24.1 kg⋅m) torque, is standard on all-wheel-drive models with a 9-speed automatic transmission. It is also available on Select and Essence trims with FWD and the CVT. In China, only the 1.3-liter engine is available, with an option of FWD and AWD and a higher output at 162 hp (164 PS; 121 kW) and 177 lb⋅ft (240 N⋅m; 24.5 kg⋅m) of torque.

While the new I3 engines are available in several GM models in China, these are the first three-cylinder engines in a GM car in North America since the Geo/Chevrolet Metro.


U.S. News & World Report ranked the Buick Encore GX at No. 5 on its list of Best Subcompact SUVs for 2022, giving it a score of 8.1 out of 10.



External links

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