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Spied: 2020 Buick Encore

by Byron Hurd

Buick's compact CUV goes under the knife.

GM appears to be taking the future of the subcompact crossover segment very seriously, introducing not only a new GMC model for 2020, but giving both its existing Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore a complete overhaul.

Here, we have the latter-- Buick's distinct grille treatment showing from behind the camouflage--and it appears to be close to production-ready.

GM has a new platform in the works for future unibody crossovers and SUVs dubbed VSS-S (for Vehicle Strategy Set-SUV) and rumors point to the possibility of these subcompacts migrating to that new modular system for the next generation.

Whatever platform they end up riding on, we expect they'll arrive with significant upgrades to cargo volume (and potentially passenger room) to address their shortcomings in that category.

We also suspect that 2020 will mark the debut of Buick's premium Avenir trim on the Encore. The company has been using a trickle-down strategy, introducing it first with the range-topping Enclave crossover. We expect to see the compact Envision crossover in Avenir guise some time in 2019, paving the way for the Encore to wear the badge in 2020.

Photos by Brian Williams.