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The 2020 Buick Encore GX and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Photos provided by GM The 2020 Buick Encore GX and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Casey Williams

Crossover segments are being sliced and diced into ever smaller pieces, leaving opportunities for additional sizes and price points. General Motors saw opportunities between the sub-compact Buick Encore/Chevy Trax and the merely compact Buick Envision/Chevy Equinox. Look forward to these bigger little crossovers.
2020 Buick Encore GX
“As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVS,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC.
It’s easy to understand why Buick needs additional crossovers since almost 90 percent of the brand’s sales in the U.S. come from them – a portion rising with the discontinuation of the full-size Lacrosse sedan. The Encore GX was recently launched in Shanghai.
Styling echoes the full-size Enclave crossover with a chrome wing badge across the grille, signature halo driving lamps, flowing bodysides, floating roof, and chiseled taillamps. Interiors are awash with plush leather, woodgrain, glassy touchscreen, and head-up display. Expect 4G Wi-Fi too. Cargo space is 5 cubic feet larger than the Encore and about 3 cubic feet smaller than Envision, appropriately placing it neatly between the two. It all looks very upscale.
Safety was a key priority as the Encore GX will come standard with front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and lane keep assist. It will also offer GM’s rear camera mirror, which projects a camera image onto the center “mirror”.
Buick did not release powertrain details, but if we place it between the Encore and Envision, expect around 170 horsepower from 2.0-liter engine, perhaps more with a turbo. Pricing will announced closer to launch, but a base of $27,000 is a good estimate.
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Plotting a similar strategy to the Buick Encore GX, Chevrolet introduces a sub-compact crossover combining all of the brash style of the mid-size Blazer with a more maneuverable footprint.
“The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”
You can see the Blazer in its performance car grille, squinty running lamps, and standard two-tone floating roof that maximizes opportunities to customize the little car. It’s especially fetching in aggressive RS trim. The interior looks plush and high tech, reflecting the larger Blazer’s style. Red accents dress up RS models.
As with the Buick, Chevrolet is stocking the Trailblazer with all of the latest safety gear: Standard front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. Adaptive cruise and a high definition rear camera are available.
“These features deliver added confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel, helping drivers monitor the vehicle’s surroundings and the driving environment with an available combination of camera, short range radars, and ultrasonic sensors,” Majoros said.
Pricing and specs will be announced closer to introduction early next year, but powertrains should match the Buick’s. Expect prices to start around $23,000.
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Casey Williams is automotive correspondent for WFYI and has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for twenty five years. Reach out to Casey at; view his auto reviews on YouTube at AutoCasey; and read them each week in The Paper.