The subcompact Buick Encore SUV is not lengthy for this world. In accordance with a report from GM Authority on Friday, Buick will discontinue its smallest providing after the 2022 mannequin 12 months, although the marginally bigger Encore GX will reside on.
Regardless of the shared identify, the Encore and Encore GX are two solely completely different automobiles. The previous shares its structure with the Chevrolet Trax, whereas the latter is said to the Chevy Trailblazer. Ever because the Encore GX arrived in 2020, gross sales of the smaller Encore have tanked. In 2020, the GX solely outsold the smaller Encore by about 3,000 models, however one 12 months later, Buick bought greater than 3 times as many Encore GX SUVs because it did common Encores — 71,247 in comparison with 20,072. That is a 59% improve for the GX and a 52% drop for the Encore.
Following the Encore’s demise, Buick’s US lineup will likely be restricted to the Encore GX, Envision and Enclave. Buick is anticipated to launch a pair of electrical crossovers constructed on Basic Motors’ Ultium battery structure within the coming years, as properly.
The Buick Encore is assembled at GM’s Bupyeong manufacturing facility in Incheon, South Korea, and manufacturing is anticipated to finish within the third quarter of this 12 months. A Buick spokesperson didn’t instantly return a request for remark.