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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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As part of its CES presentation, General Motors showed off its future electric vehicles.

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General Motors has made no secret of the fact that they see the future of the company is electric. Their presentation at CES this year put their future products out there for public consumption, but hidden in the shadows. Let's turn up the brightness and take a peek at what is there.

Scroll down to the bottom of this article to see a lightened, clearer view of all the models.

GMC Hummer EV

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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Front and center is the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. The Hummer EV is slated to have 1,000 horsepower, a 350-mile range, and a $112,959 price tag when it arrives at dealership lots in 2021. Other forthcoming Hummer variants are set to have unique powertrain setups and lower price points.

Cadillac Lyriq

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq debuted in prototype form mid-2020. When it comes to market, Cadillac expects the Lyriq SUV to offer drivers 300+ miles of all-electric range, luxurious accommodations, and the buyers choice of rear-wheel drive or performance all-wheel drive. The Lyriq will come with Super Cruise, the General Motors hands-free driving system that allows for 200,000 miles of hands-free highway driving and automated lane change.

Cadillac Celestiq

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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In addition to showing the Celestiq here, Cadillac decided to show off its flagship electric car with some close ups. They don't give too much detail about the car, but we do know some interesting tidbits. Cadillac says that the car embodies their commitment to "reimagine what's possible in design and technology". The GM division will offer the Celestiq with a curated selection of hand-crafted materials and they've has hinted that there will be some customization options available for owners.

Chevrolet pickup

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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We don't yet know if it will be called the Silverado, but a Chevrolet pickup truck that runs on all-electric power is on the way. It's been confirmed that the plan is for the truck to have a maximum 400-mile range (likely when it's not towing or hauling much weight). Originally slated for a 2025 debut date, indications are that GM is pushing to get the truck to market sooner.

Buick EVs

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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In 2020, GM described the two new Buick models that are coming by 2023. They're both electric vehicles. The first, an SUV will be a model that offers "more conventional crossover proportion that maximizes interior space and cargo." The second is a Buick CUV that has "expressive proportions with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion." It looks like the SUV is on the right in the photo while the CUV is on the left.

"Mystery EV"

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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What is this mystery EV? We know the Cadillac XT4 is getting an electrified brother so there's a chance that this could that. Brightening and zooming in on the picture appears to reveal an SUV-like body design. We'll just have to stay tuned.

... and now let's turn the lights on.

General Motors EV preview CES 2021

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Last year, General Motors divulged while models it plans to introduce by 2023, including a number of EVs. You can see that full list here.

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The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series turns the car into a stealthy black coupe.

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The new, 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series gets blacked out features, carbon fiber accents, and performance enhancements. The luxury arm of Toyota will make just 100 of the models, which is expected to be priced at $119,800 before taxes and fees.

The new car is the result of a partnership between air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya and Lexus engineers, some of whom have worked on the LC and LFCA. The engineers worked on Muroya's plane using what they'd learned in LC 500 development to achieve aerodynamic efficiencies. These changes helped set Muroya off on his path that would eventually lead to him winning the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championships.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

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The 2021 Inspiration Series car has a combination of features not found on any other LC package. The limited-edition vehicle is offered in one exterior color, Obsidian, and wears 21-inch black forged-alloy wheels. Pulling in inspiration from the the aircraft, the team designed a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) spoiler that follows along the trailing edge arc of the trunk of the LC and features two downtrend winglets on either end.

Each model continues to get its power from a naturally aspirated, 471-horsepower 5.0 V8 engine that makes 398 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that drivers can shift using magnesium paddles on the car's wheel. All that power moves the car from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

Lexus has equipped the model with a standard Torsen limited slip differential and Yamaha rear performance rod with damper, an available option on other LC models.

The car's cabin is blacked out as well with black Alcantara-trimmed sport seats complete with Saddle Tan accents and seat belts. The steering wheel and shift lever are also accented in black Alcantara trim. A carbon-fiber scuff plate features at the the door while a serialized badge on the center console identifies the uniqueness of the model.

A 13-speaker Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio system is standard, as is a head-up display, and SmartAccess Card Key (similar to what Tesla offers).

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series is on sale now.

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