The all-new 2020 Buick Encore has been spotted during its testing and this time it will bring many upgrades. So, this time it might get a new platform and it will be revised in order to look more attractive and handsome. Beneath its hood, it will get the same engine as its forerunner, but a new, more powerful unit might also arrive as an option.
Engine and performance of the 2020 Buick Encore
As for the engine, the 2020 Buick Encore is expected to carry over the same unit found in the current model. It is the same 1.4-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which is able to make 138 horses and the torque of 148 in the base and Preferred models. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and comes with front-wheel drive as standard. However, the all-wheel drive system will be optional. Connected to FWD, it will get 27/33 mpg. And with an optional all-wheel drive layout, it is rated at 26/31 mpg.
The Sport Touring and Essence model will get the same engine but with direct injection. So, it will be able to deliver 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive version is rated at 25/33 mpg. And the all-wheel drive model is estimated to be 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, some sources have said that we might also see a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which is found in the Cadillac XT4. This engine is able to make 237 horsepower. However, it is not yet confirmed.
The exterior and interior design
First of all, the newest 2020 Buick Encore might be transferred to the new GM platform, and it could be either the VSS-F or the VSS-C architecture. However, it is not yet known which one precisely. As for the exterior design, the 2020 Buick Encore has been spied during its testing and wearing camouflage. And despite the coverings, we were able to see that it will adopt a new design which will look more attractive. And the changes will include a new multi-point grille, slimmer headlamps, and a rising window line.
The cabin of the 2020 Buick Encore will be nicely designed and refined. The seats will be covered in cloth, leatherette or rear leather upholstery, depending on a trim level. The dashboard is fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The cargo space measures 18.8 cubic feet while with the rear seats folded down, it expands to 48.4 cubes.
The standard features will include cruise control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, push-button start, Wi-Fi hotspot, a power driver’s seat, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar with 4G LTE hotspot, etc. The Sport Touring model will add a rear spoiler and fog lights. Furthermore, the Essence will also get LED headlamps, a power passenger seat, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
Release date and price
The new 2020 Buick Encore will most likely arrive next year, precisely sometimes at the end of 2019. The price is not yet revealed but it could get a bit higher than the price of the current version which is around $23,200.