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Buick Encore and Encore GX Debut in Shanghai :Comments

Drew Dowdell

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2020-buick-encore-gx-for-china-1.jpgBuick unveiled a pair of Buick Encores at the Shanghai Auto Show yesterday.  The regular Encore (below) is about the same size as the current model sold in the US and likely sits on the same Gamma II platform as the current car. 

Additionally, Buick released a long-wheelbase version called the Encore GX (Above, Side).  This model will likely make it to the US.  Details are scant, but this likely sits on GM's new VSS-F platform.  Both are powered by an eighth-generation Ecotech (probably the 1.5T) paired either with a 9-speed hydromatic or an optional CVT. These engine promise better fuel economy and emissions.

The Buick Encore has been Buick's best selling model for the past three years. The design of the Encores is familiar yet modernized. A large grille with winged embellishments support the center Buick badge. The sheet metal looks taught and athletic.  

No word yet on any timeline for arrival in the US. At least one of these will make it Stateside, possibly both given hot crossover market, we could see space for both models in the US. 

All-New Buick Encore.jpg








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If they bring the longer Buick and the shorter Chevy, then where does the Granite fit?  Which version of the GMC will be built?  I do like both Buicks.  The shorter Chevy, with its "baby Blazer" face, looks cool to me, I like the windshield situation, it appears relatively flat and steeply raked, sort of SAAB-like.  This should make the dash shallower.  A deep dash is wasted passenger space, imo.

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