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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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The 2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST gives buyers more performance at a lower price.

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The Explorer lineup is getting a three-model enhancement for the 2021 model year. The Explorer Enthusiast ST, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrid will be making their way to dealership lots later this year in a targeted attempt to identify customer desires.

The new models join the just-announced 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch, also a new addition.

2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST

The Enthusiast ST grade takes a lot of what customers like about the existing Explorer ST and delivers it at a far cheaper price. The Enthusiast ST has a starting MSRP of $48,750 as opposed to the ST, which starts at $52,830.

Setting it apart from there Explorers is the Enthusiast ST's quad chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.

The new model comes equipped with the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that's in the Explorer ST that churns out 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain.

Ford has given the model a sport-tuned suspension and a top track speed of 143 mph. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package provides towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.

The cabin of the Enthusiast ST is complete with leather seating surfaces, unique Miko micro-perforated inserts, and City Silver accent stitching with the ST logo. There's a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated sport-style steering wheel with the ST logo, and paddle shifters.

The Explorer Enthusiast ST also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology.

2021 Ford Explorer Platinum

2021 Ford Explorer Plat Ford has two new Platinum models coming to a dealership near you.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

2021 Ford Explorer Plat

The new Explorer Platinum is powered by a 3.0-liter engine and comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Four-when drive is available.

To make the Platinum version worthy of its upscale price tag, its packaging includes door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails, a twin-panel moonroof, and a unique grille with satin aluminum finish. Its cabin is fitted with leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers, and door and front console armrests.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum has a starting MSRP of $52,480. The hybrid version of that model starts at $53,085.

All the models are currently available for order via Ford dealerships. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer.

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Drivers will be able to utilize the Mappo app in their Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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Mappo is a new way to explore. The app provides culture-oriented travel recommendations based on books, movies, music, and more, going further than the traditional reach of points of interest recommendations. It includes themed routes and utilizes crowd sourcing to generate content from locations around the globe.

The app launched with 30,000 points of interest with references in more than a dozen major cities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Points of interest aren't just marked on a map, but are supported with content such as quotes, book clips and trivia. Users can browse points of interest nearby, or you can use the search box to look up themed routes based on a place, the name of an author or book, or several other filters such as movies, music and history.

Mappo app interface in SYNC 4

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Ford will be the first automaker to add Mappo to its vehicles. The addition is the result of a collaboration between Mappo, a startup from Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Ford Research Center in Israel.

"People love telling their friends about interesting places in books, movies and music – now they can share these passions with the world through Mappo," said Stuart Taylor, global director, Ford enterprise connectivity. "Mappo makes long drives or brief escapes richer experiences, whether people stay inside their vehicle or step out to experience a landmark."

Customers who have vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 or SYNC 4 technology will be able to use Mappo through voice commands, giving them an easy way to experience the app as they travel. Mappo also will be available for the 2021 F-150, Mustang Mach-E, Bronco, and other future Ford vehicles.

Vehicles equipped with navigation technology can use SYNC AppLink for the unique capability of creating routes to the points of interest found in the Mappo app.

In addition to Ford vehicles, the Mappo app is aviaalbe for iOS and Android devices.

Getting in and out of your vehicle to explore doesn't stop the Mappo experience. Any saved route on your smartphone can be easily selected once running the app inside your vehicle, and you can quickly pick up where you left off – whether leaving a vehicle to explore or coming back to continue to your next destination.

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