Mystery solved! (In case you were holding your breath.)
Not so long ago, Buick revealed its all-new 2020 Encore GX "subcompact plus” crossover that will fill the spot in the lineup between the standard subcompact Encore and compact Envision. Along with its more stylish exterior design, the Encore GX also has an additional five cubic-feet of cargo space compared to the Encore.
But one of the main things Buick did not reveal about the Encore GX is what will be under the hood, leaving us to speculate the Encore’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be carried over. GM Authority has confirmed, however, that will not be the case. Instead, the 2020 Buick Encore GX will receive two all-new engines, both of which are turbocharged three-cylinders.
First up is a 1.2-liter with 137 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, while the optional 1.3-liter offers 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. The new base engine is paired only to a CVT, but the more powerful three-pot, in all-wheel drive form, receives GM’s respected nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive variants, however, also get the CVT.
The 2020 Encore, as far as we know, will retain its current engine, which produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft. What’s interesting is that in previous model years the Encore was offered with an optional and more powerful turbo 1.4-liter with 153 hp and 177 lb-ft. A choice of two smaller, yet equally or more powerful motors in the new Encore GX will certainly help to lure new customers.
The Encore’s only engine is nothing exciting and that’s one category the Encore GX aims to fix. We’re still waiting, though, for official EPA figures for both new engines.
The Buick Encore has been a solid seller for GM’s premium brand, with sales last year reaching over 93,000 units. By comparison, the larger Envision sold only around 30,000 units. The Encore GX, because of its size and far more stylish design than both the Encore and Envision, has the potential to be another smashing success.