Last week the Buick brand revealed two flavors of the Encore crossover, including a new one dubbed the Encore GX. Basically a larger variant of an all-new Encore that debuted alongside it, the GX is apparently heading stateside by the end of the year.
According to Automotive News Buick plans to bring the Encore GX that was revealed in China to the U.S. market. The Encore GX will be sold alongside the current Buick Encore, not the all-new Encore revealed last week in Shanghai.
The all-new Encore is based on GM’s Global Emerging Markets platform and will likely never make it to the U.S. The U.S. Encore is currently based on an Opel platform and produced in South Korea. It is unclear if the U.S. will get a redesigned Encore or just the Encore GX.
It isn’t entirely clear where the Encore GX will be produced, but sources tell Auto News that it won’t be imported from China. A logical production location would be South Korea, where GM has a substantial overcapacity problem with its assembly plants.
Once on the U.S. market, the Encore GX will fill a gap between the current Encore and the Envision. Filling this gap is also Buick’s attempt to make up some of the lost sales volume stemming from the death of its Verano and LaCrosse sedans.
Further integrating the Buick portfolio between its two largest markets has long been a goal of current brand chief Duncan Aldred. Aldred has been leading the brand since 2014, so it comes as little surprise that his vision is starting to come to fruition.