The Buick Encore GX subcompact crossover is about to come in for a major update, as evidenced by a prototype recently spotted near one of General Motors’ US proving grounds.
The prototype is completely undisguised, suggesting its debut is imminent. It’s currently believed that the updated Encore GX will be unveiled early next year as a 2024 model.
The vehicle will be the first US-bound Buick to feature the brand’s new design language unveiled on the Wildcat EV coupe and Electra X crossover concepts shown earlier in the year. The look is characterized by a forward-leaning front section, a trapezoidal radiator grille and slit-like elements that serve as daytime running lights for the headlights. It also features Buick’s recently updated Tri-Shield logo.
2024 Buick Encore GX facelift spy footage – Copyright: S. Baldauf/SB Media
There will likely be updates to the inside of the Encore GX as well. A revised dashboard with a larger infotainment screen and possibly a digital instrument cluster may be unveiled.
No changes are to be expected in the drive trains. The Encore GX is currently offered with either 1.2- or 1.3-liter 3-cylinder engines, both turbocharged. Front-wheel drive models feature a CVT, while an upgrade to all-wheel drive also adds a 9-speed automatic. The 1.2-liter engine is good for 137 hp, while the 1.3-liter takes things up to 155 hp.
The Encore GX came out for the 2020 model year as a slightly larger alternative to the Encore, a crossover that also sits in the small car segment. It was among the first vehicles to be based on a platform from GM’s VSS family, specifically the VSS-F for small front-wheel drive vehicles.