After we’ve caught Chevrolet’s new-gen Trax and GMC’s all-new Granite prototypes it was logical to see a sibling from Buick. That happened sooner than we thought because our photographers managed to picture the prototype of the 2020 Buick Encore just a day after the Granite prototype.
Buick’s baby SUV seems to feature a soft-styled exterior design beneath the camouflage. The new A-pillar is definitely more rounded than earlier, while the C-pillar appears to be more pronounced. Up front, the 2020 Encore will probably get an amazing slat-style grille and LED headlights which will be paired with LED running lamps. The automaker will likely use plenty of chrome strips across the bodywork in order to spice up the overall design, including chrome-treated and squared exhaust tips.
We can’t say much regarding the interior, because we haven’t seen the cabin yet. However, the redesigned Buick Encore will likely receive pretty much the same treatment as the enclave, so you can expect an 8-inch touchscreen to be standard, as well as a contoured dashboard. The automaker won’t skip the opportunity to offer respectable safety including plenty of airbags, a backup camera, standard forward-collision warning, and parking sensors.
The new-generation Buick Encore will probably get rid of the current Gamma chassis. Instead, the carmaker will switch it to the new and amazing VSS-S platform. This way, the crossover will get a few additional inches here and there and will cut some weight. Plus, the automaker will cancel the less powerful version of the 1.4-liter turbo-four engine, so the potential buyer can expect a 153-hp unit only, as well as one more, more potent unit which will reportedly deliver around 200 horsepower. Buick’s small SUV will be paired with the 6- and 9-speed automatic transmissions, which will send power to either front- or all-wheel-drive system.
The completely redesigned 2020 Buick Encore will be introduced next spring. Still, the baby SUV won’t become available in dealerships before late 2019.