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2024 Buick Encore GX Debuts As Updated Lincoln Corsair Rival

The Ford Bronco Sport certainly has its fair share of direct and indirect competition in the compact crossover space, a list that includes the recently revealed 2024 Chevy Trax and the refreshed 2024 Chevy Trailblazer, to name just a couple. America’s obsession with these types of vehicles continues to prompt automakers to create new ones and refresh/redesign existing models to stay competitive, and the latest is this – the 2024 Buick Encore GX, which has debuted as an updated Lincoln Corsair rival.

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It’s worth pointing out that the 2024 Buick Encore GX is a bit of an indirect rival to the Corsair, given the fact that it’s a subcompact crossover – not a compact model – but those segments do tend to get cross-shopped quite a bit. Regardless, the refreshed Encore GX has been treated to a number of changes worth noting, starting on the outside, where the crossover’s styling features cues inspired by the Wildcat EV concept and other newer products in the luxury brand’s lineup.

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Aside from its looks and new 18- and 19-inch wheel options, the 2024 Encore GX also gets a new trim level – the Avenir – which features its own unique styling elements such as the front grille, 19-inch wheels, clear taillights, chrome accents, and black carbon metallic body side molding. Inside the cabin, the Avenir is treated to a 10-way power driver’s seat, leather, a heated steering wheel, and an exclusive-to-the-trim Whisper Beige and Jet Black colorway. Ironically, those seeking a sportier version of the Encore can opt for the ST trim, which adds a host of black styling elements – just like Ford’s own ST models, albeit without any performance upgrades.

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Inside the cabin, the 2024 Buick Encore GX gets an 11-inch infotainment screen, an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, and a bevy of standard safety tech. Power comes from either GM’s turbocharged 1.2L I-3 LIH engine, which produces 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, or the optional turbocharged 1.3L I-3 L3T that makes 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an option. Front-wheel drive models come equipped with a CVT gearbox, while all-wheel drive crossovers are fitted with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.

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The refreshed 2024 Encore GX is scheduled to enter production in March, with a launch coming later in the spring, while pricing starts out at $26,895 including destination and delivery charges.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Joe

    Corsair has 250 HP. This has less hp than a Ecosport.

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  2. Metz

    Huge improvement from Buick, I like this a lot, especially the interior.

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  3. Michael K

    Corsair rival? Do they know anything about cars around here?

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  4. fjdietz

    Hardly a Corsair competitor if the Encore doesn’t have a PHEV model.

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  5. JT

    With the Escape getting a refresh for 2023, it’s nice to see Buick take over the last model’s shark nose and grille. 😄

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  6. Jerry

    Somehow the Wildcat front clip got way watered down and diluted in the translation. Very sedate and uninspiring if you ask me. Lacks the drama of the concept.

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  7. The Retired Viking

    A little tiny car, and like every other make of little tiny car, they put in a leg-crowding huge console that serves no purpose whatsoever except as a styling exercise.

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  8. RichG

    This has to be the worst Buick product in 10 years. Uninspiring at all levels, starting with the awful front end.

    It’s just ridiculous to compare it to the Corsair…a complete stretch. Why this site wants to give attention to a product that compares in no way to a Ford or Lincoln is the question.

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  9. Stan

    Is it me or the new logo looks like 555. I agree, the concept was bolder than what gets watered down for production regarding the front-end design.

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