Each the Buick Encore and its platform sibling the Chevy Trax had been discontinued after 2022, however after a yr’s break, the Trax is ready to return again for 2024. The Encore, nonetheless, will likely be given no second probabilities. A part of the rationale for its demise was possible attributable to its similarity to the Encore GX, which is a bigger, extra not too long ago refreshed mannequin that is additionally barely pricier than the Encore was. Having two crossover fashions with virtually equivalent names was unnecessarily complicated for consumers, and with the Encore out of the way in which, Buick is little question hoping extra clients will go for the higher-priced Encore GX.
Whether or not one other smaller crossover launches to fill the hole within the lineup has but to be confirmed, however there is a risk, particularly with the latest-generation Trax set to go on sale shortly. The chance of a substitute will in all probability rely on the demand for such a crossover in China, the place Buick now makes most of its gross sales. If an Encore successor does emerge, it would possible have a unique identify, as current leaks from China present that the 2024 Encore GX will drop the “GX” designation and easily be generally known as the “Encore.”