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Buick refining, adding models for 2020

Buick is adding new trim levels and one new SUV to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

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Slowly but surely, Buick is refining and redefining its stable of cars and SUVs. The 2020 Buick Enclave is getting a number of premium enhancements for the new model year and the company is expected to bring the new 2020 Buick Encore GX to market in the spring.

2020 Buick Enclave

The 2020 Enclave comes standard with a new 8-inch infotainment touch screen. The new screen supports satellite radio including the new SiriusXM 360L and navigation, both of which are available.

The 2020 model will also be available with a high-definition rearview camera, surround view camera, four-way lumbar power-adjustable seats with driver and front passenger massage functions. Massaging functionality comes standard on Premium and Avenir models.

Buick will offer the Enclave with the new Sport Touring (ST) package for the 2020 model year. The ST package incldues a unique Sport grille with body-color surround and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets. The package is available on the Enclave Essence trim level.

Exterior revisions are also part of the updates for 2020. The top-tier Enclave Avenir gets a lower panel that matches the rest of the exterior and three new paint jobs: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.

The 2020 Buick Enclave starts at $41,195.

2020 Buick Enclave

2020 Buick Enclave with Sport Touring package front face wheels mirror

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2020 Buick Enclave with Sport Touring package

2020 Buick Encore GX

2020 Buick Encore GX side

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Buick is adding a new SUV to its lineup for the 2020 model year, the Encore GX.

2020 Buick Encore GX

Buick is introducing the Buick Encore GX, a crossover positioned between the Buick Envision and Buick Encore into the company's lineup.

The Encore GX will include a long list of standard and available advanced driver assistance and safety features including forward pedestrian detection and braking, automatic emergency braking, forward collision assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rearview camera mirror, and a HD surround view camera system.

Buick offers that the Encore GX will have five cubic feet more cargo space than the Encore and three cubic feet less than the Envision. Those dimensions are similar to the Cadillac XT4 and Nissan Rogue Sport, and above the space offered by the Hyundai Kona, Toyota C-HR, and Honda Fit.

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Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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The Wildcat is a new electric concept from Buick.

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Buick, the automaker whose lineup consists entirely of middle-of-the-road SUVs, has just come out with something unexpected. Today, the storied American automaker announced a new EV concept that revives a historic name from its catalog. The Wildcat was introduced in the early 1950s and has just returned on a sharp, futuristic EV.

Buick Wildcat ConceptThe car will help Buick test and validate new tech like artificial intelligence. Buick

The concept’s interior features a classic 2+2 seating configuration, with two front and two rear seats. An extended center console stretches through both rows of seating, and the cockpit-style seats feature cantilevered headrests. Buick says it focused heavily on color and the level of comfort it conveys. Green accents highlight many parts of the interior, and orange contrasts can be found throughout, including on the seatbelts.

The Wildcat features a large curved display that integrates the gauge cluster and infotainment unit into one panel. The air vents and all physical controls are hidden in an interesting and elaborate dash, and Buick says the car is designed to be a platform for future technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, and aromatherapy.

Buick Wildcat ConceptThe Wildcat's interior is futuristic and almost completely devoid of buttons.Buick

Buick will become an all-electric brand in the future, and though the Wildcat is just a concept, we’re likely to see many of its features make their way into production models. We don’t have any details on whether or not a version of the car will make it into production, though if it does, it’s unlikely to wear the Wildcat name, as of the automaker’s other models feature sedate names.

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