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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 wheelsThe 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 STThe 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 spaceThe 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 GXA 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 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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