DETROIT — Buick will sell the Encore GX crossover through Canadian and U.S. dealerships starting in early 2020, General Motors has confirmed.
The compact Encore GX, as first reported by Automotive News, will slot between the popular Encore subcompact and the larger Envision in Buick’s Canadian and U.S. lineups.
When the Encore GX arrives in early 2020, Buick Canada will offer four premium SUVs across the three segments customers are shopping in most: small, compact and midsize.
Today, 90 per cent of Canadian Buick sales come from SUVs, the automaker said in a statement.
The GX, GM said Wednesday, will be produced in South Korea, where the current Encore is being assembled for the two markets.
The GX debuted at the Shanghai auto show in April. But other than its name and production location, it will share little with its smaller sibling in Canada and the U.S.
A redesigned Encore unveiled alongside the GX in Shanghai won’t make it to either country. That vehicle will be built on GM’s new Global Emerging Market platform meant for markets such as China and Latin America.
Buick is expected to continue selling the current Encore alongside the GX for an unspecified period. The Encore received an extensive freshening for the 2017 model year that included major interior improvements.
Buick said pricing, powertrain options and other specifications will be announced closer to the GX going on sale.