Buick made it clear with the Wildcat EV concept that styling cues from it could begin showing on future merchandise. It seems the primary of them is the refreshed 2024 Encore GX subcompact crossover. And which will appear a bit odd to start out a revamp of the lineup with the entry-level model, however there may be some logic to it. Based on Buick representatives, the Encore GX made sense for a couple of causes. It was due for a refresh regardless, but additionally it is the model’s greatest vendor, one which’s rising and attracting youthful consumers.
And so far as refreshes go, the Encore GX’s is fairly substantial. The entrance finish is totally redone with the low, frowning grille of the Wildcat and the evident LED daytime operating lights excessive up. The rear has been up to date with new LED taillights and rear bumper design, too, plus the brand new Buick emblem and phrase mark positioned prominently in the course of the hatch.
There are distinctive options for 2 new trim ranges. The ST, which has been promoted to a full trim as an alternative of simply an add-on look package deal, will get gloss black physique cladding and different trim resembling on the mirrors. It will get distinctive wheels, ST badges within the grille, and a flat-bottom steering wheel inside. The Avenir, a primary for the mannequin and an addition that makes the Avenir trim obtainable on each Buick, options vibrant grille inserts, physique color trim, clear taillight lenses and distinctive inside upholstery.
All Encore GXs profit from inside updates. Nearly your complete sprint has been redesigned, primarily in service of the brand new devices and infotainment. Each trim will get an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and 11-inch infotainment contact display. Different particulars such because the local weather management buttons and dials have been revamped as properly. The display can be utilized to entry wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Avenir trim sweetens the inside with distinctive leather-based upholstery, energy adjustable entrance seats (10-way for the driving force, 8-way for the passenger), a heated steering wheel, air ionizer and auto-dimming rear mirror.
Issues are principally the identical underneath the pores and skin, although. The bottom engine is a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder making 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The elective turbo 1.3-liter three-cylinder makes 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet. They’re mainly carry-over, as are the drivetrain combos. Entrance-wheel-drive Encore GXs get a CVT, and the all-wheel-drive ones get a nine-speed computerized.
Pricing is kind of affordable. The bottom mannequin begins at $26,895. The ST is available in at $28,095 and the Avenir at $33,195. Manufacturing begins in March with gross sales coming this spring. Buick will begin taking orders in Might.