Six years after the original launch, the 2020 Buick Encore is about to come completely redesigned. The initial launch was in 2013 and the Encore came as a pretty-much rebadged version of the Opel Mokka.
Today, the German carmaker is no longer a part of General Motors, so Buick is now on its own, and it is about to offer something completely new. Without any doubt, it will be very interesting to see how the American carmaker, which is primarily known for large cars, will deal with this kind of a challenge. Expect to see the new model sometime in the second half of the year.
- Upscale interior
- Lots of standard equipment
- Comfortable ride
- More expensive than competitors
- Many rivals will probably be more athletic
As we’ve just mentioned, the new 2020 Buick Encore won’t be a re-badged Mokka anymore. We are about to see a completely new crossover, designed by Buick. The new model is almost ready and the testing model rides around. However, it still wears a complete camouflage, so we can’t say anything more precise about its look.
On the other side, we know that the new model will ride on GM’s new VSS platform, which is designed for small cars and crossovers. It shouldn’t be much bigger than the original, so it will continue to compete in the segment of subcompact crossovers. Some of the key players in this class are models like Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and others.
If we can rely on our reliable insiders, the new 2020 Buick Encore will be more upscale than before. The original model features the same cabin layout as the Mokka and its quality and design were pretty common for the class.
The new model will come in Buick’s typical manner, which means an interior quality and styling that sits somewhere between mainstream and premium segments. Besides the stylish cabin, it should also feature a long list of standard equipment.
The 2020 Buick Encore is expected to come with a completely new powertrain lineup. At this point, we know for sure it will feature GM’s new 1.4-liter turbo-four engine, which should be tuned to around 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
Also, it should come paired with the company’s new 9-speed automatic transmission. In the future, we could see a performance-oriented version in the offer as well. Although it is still early to talk about a potential engine for this version, we presume it will be just a tuned variant of the same turbo-four unit.
2020 Buick Encore Release Date and Price
The 2020 Buick Encore will come sometime in the second half of the year, most likely in the fourth quarter. Base models should go around $24,000 – $25,000.