More Power To You: Buick Encore and Chevy Trax Get New 1.4L I4 Turbo Engine
Power for both vehicles is now up to 153 HP and 177 Lb. Ft. of Torque.
Even though they are typically overshadowed by their successors, the all-new 2020 Buick Encore GX and the all-new 2021 Chevrolet (Chevy) TrailBlazer, the Buick Encore (on sale since 2013), and the Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax (on sale since 2015), are still a popular vehicle in the ever-popular subcompact SUV segment. General Motors (GM) has quietly announced that, starting at the end of 2020, all 2021 Buick Encore and Chevy Trax models will now be equipped with a new powertrain that receives a huge power upgrade as compared to its predecessor. Read on to find out more about the new powertrain option for GM's popular subcompact SUV's. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
Since they went on sale in North America for the 2013 and 2015 model years (for the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax, respectively), the Buick Encore and Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax have been powered by a 1.4L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, the "LUV", which produced 138 horsepower and 148 lb. ft. of torque, with only certain trim levels of the Buick Encore getting a bump up to 153 horsepower and 177 lb. ft. of torque for the 2016 model year (the Chevy Trax stuck with its 138 horsepower and 148 lb. ft. of torque). The "LUV", which first made its debut in the then-all-new 2011 Chevy Cruze compact sedan, is definitely getting old, and, effective immediately, any new Buick Encore and Chevy Trax orders will now be equipped with the newer "LE2" powertrain, which still displaces 1.4L, but produces 153 horsepower and 177 lb. ft. of torque. The engine, which first made its debut in the second-generation 2016 Chevy Cruze Sedan and 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback, means that the Chevy Trax will get its first power upgrade since it debuted for the 2015 model year, and the Buick Encore will once again get a boost in power. The engine will still be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift modes, and both Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) are available.
This powertrain upgrade is definitely a welcome addition to General Motors' (GM's) popular subcompact SUV's, and is likely to keep both the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax at the top of the list of best-selling subcompact SUV's. The 2021 Chevy Trax is available in two trim levels: base LS (1LS), and up-level LT (1LT), with prices ranging from $21,400 for the LS (1LS) trim with Front Wheel Drive (FWD), to $23,820 for the LT (1LT) All Wheel Drive (AWD) model. The 2021 Buick Encore, available in either Encore (1SV) or Preferred (1SB) trims, starts at $23,200 for an Encore (1SV) trim (which is only available with Front Wheel Drive (FWD)), and climbs to only $25,220 for the Preferred (1SB) model with All Wheel Drive (AWD). Both brand's SUV's come equipped with a generous amount of standard equipment on all trim levels, including keyless entry, power windows and door locks, cloth seating surfaces, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with an included paid trial subscription, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and Bluetooth, OnStar with an integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi Internet hotspot, and an included paid trial subscription, a six-speaker audio system, aluminum-alloy wheels, a split-folding rear bench seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted audio system and Bluetooth phone controls, a rearview backup camera system, power exterior side mirrors, and more. Upgraded features for both models (depending upon the trim level selected) include dual heated front seats, a power-adjustable front driver's bucket seat, keyless access system with push-button start, leatherette-and-cloth-trimmed seating surfaces, and a single-pane power moonroof, among other available features.
General Motors (GM) Korea's Bupyeong, South Korea assembly plant manufactures both the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax. Expect for 2021 Buick Encores and 2021 Chevrolet (Chevy) Traxes equipped with the 1.4L "LE2" Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine to arrive on Buick and Chevrolet dealership's lots nationwide by the end of 2020. What do you think of the upgraded powertrain in the 2021 Buick Encore and the 2021 Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information as it becomes available!