The rarity of three-cylinder engines in the U.S. will soon decrease a little bit, as a couple of new ones are coming under the bonnet of the 2020 Buick Encore GX.
Buick’s silence about the SUV’s performance specs doesn’t prevent the information from leaking. According to GM Authority, the new Encore GX will feature a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. The base powerplant will allegedly be paired to a shiftless transmission that transmits output to the front wheels.
There’s a more potent option for those who feel that the aforementioned engine isn’t strong enough, that is a turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder which cranks out 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. In addition to having higher output, variants with 1.3-liter engine will come with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. As for models with front-wheel drive, their transmission will be a continuously variable.
It’s interesting to see these figures which are almost the same as the ones from the regular Encore. The standard SUV offers 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque as well as 153 hp and 177 lb-ft. Since size is among the obvious things that distinguish the Encore GX from its standard sibling, and the former is bound to be a bigger vehicle, it could mean the new SUV will be an even slower runner. A slight increase in output isn’t enough to compensate for the added weight. As a result, its zero to 60 mph time will be a little under eight seconds.
The Buick Encore GX will hit the U.S. in early 2020, slotting between the Encore and Envision. The American brand will announce the car’s technical specs when the launch day is near. However, we’ve heard earlier from the company that the model will be equipped with a number of driver assistance features including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and forward collision alert.