For the first time in nearly 20 years, General Motors is adding a three-cylinder engine to its American lineup. This new engine will find its home in the all-new 2020 Buick Encore GX and will be available in either 1.2- or 1.3-liter displacements. Both options will be turbocharged.
With their turbochargers, these engines will deliver more than enough power for the Encore GX. Although GM hasn’t officially released output numbers, we can look at other GM three-cylinder engines available globally. In the Korean version of the Malibu, its 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine produces 156 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. If the new engine gets a similar rating, it will be on par with larger, four-cylinder engines.
The last time General Motors offered a three-cylinder engine was for the now-defunct Geo Metro in 2000. That engine only produced 55 horsepower, proving how far GM’s technology and engineering have come in the last two decades.
Along with its new engine, the Buick Encore GX will offer ample interior space, including 25.3 cubic feet of cargo room, making it significantly larger than the standard Encore. The Encore GX will also come standard with a variety of advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking.
We can’t wait to see you here at Rivard Buick GMC when the new Encore GX finally hits roads in 2020.