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2020 Buick Encore GX model details reveal focus on standard safety features, daily driving capability

The Buick Encore GX is a larger SUV than the traditional Buick Encore and it will be coming to the U.S. next year.

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The new 2020 Buick Encore GX is the latest step in Buick's brand revival in the U.S. The Detroit-based automaker has just released additional details about the forthcoming SUV, which they consider a premium model.

"Premium SUV buyers are looking for features that fit their lifestyle priorities, and Buick is giving customers more segment choices with our new Encore GX," said Duncan Aldred, Vice President, Global Buick and GMC. "Filling the spot between the smaller Encore and the larger Envision and Enclave models, the Encore GX is another proof point that Buick is The Premium SUV Brand. Just as we did with the Enclave in 2008 and the Encore in 2013, we identified a growing market niche and moved quickly to introduce a new vehicle to fill it."

2020 Buick Encore GX front grille lights headlights mirrors wheels The face of the Encore GX fits right in with the rest of the Buick family's looks. Photo courtesy of Buick

The Encore GX is bigger than the Buick Encore but smaller than the Envision and Enclave. The new SUV has a strong stance with a wide grille and athletic proportions. It rides on standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Buyers who opt for the Encore GX ST will have a vehicle with unique wheels, body-color surrounds, and a distinctive black mesh grille with red accents connected through both the front and rear bumpers.

The Encore GX is powered by a standard turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine or the available turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine. Buick has revealed that the upgraded engine gets 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, which is respectable for daily driving situations given the Encore GX's body size. The automaker is predicting that same engine will achieve 31 mpg combined.

2020 Buick Encore GX ST The 2020 Buick Encore GX ST gets blacked out accents to give it a sporty look.Photo courtesy of Buick

Buick is offering the Encore GX is front- or all-wheel drive. Models will front-wheel drive will have their engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) while all-wheel drive models get a nine-speed automatic. Encore GX AWD owners will be able to utilize all-wheel drive on demand via a switch.

The cabin of the Encore GX works to keep road noise out via the brand's signature QuietTuning technology and materials. Available comfort and convenience features include leather-appointed seats, a heated steering wheel, and an ionizing air filter.

2020 Buick Encore GX tailgate trunk cargo space The cargo area of the Buick Encore GX is slightly bigger than that in the Nissan Rogue Sport.Photo courtesy of Buick

Encore GX offers 94.3 cubic feet of passenger space, about 10 cubic feet less than what's in the Ford Escape. Behind the second row there's 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is three cubic feet more than what is available in the Nissan Rogue Sport. Each Encore GX comes standard with an adjustable two-stage load floor that includes under-floor storage.

The front passenger seat folds flat and its second-row features a 40-60 split and able to fold flat.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard. Wireless charging, multi-device Bluetooth pairing, and SiriusXM with 360L are available.

2020 Buick Encore GX A standard 7- or 8- inch infotainment screen is likely.Photo courtesy of Buick

The Encore GX will offer a suite of standard and available safety and driver assistance technologies that includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane key assist with lane departure warning, following distance indicator, and automatic high beams.

Buick's long list of available safety and convenience technologies includes: rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, rear camera mirror, hands-free power lift gate, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, automatic parking assist with braking, surround view camera system.

The Encore GX arrives at Buick dealers across North America in early 2020.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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Electric vehicles

Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

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With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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