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Buick Encore, Chevy Trax Will Stick Around for 2020

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Buick Encore GX
The all-new Buick Encore GX is coming to the U.S. for the 2020 model year
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General Motors plans to replace the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossovers with a pair of new vehicles. The Buick Encore GX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, which recently debuted in China, will soon head to North America as well.

In a twist, though, GM plans to keep the Encore and the Trax available through the 2020 model year — meaning both outgoing vehicles are likely to be sold alongside their replacements on dealership lots.

GM is only taking this approach for North America. In China, 2019 marks the last model year for the Encore and the Trax.

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2019 Buick Encore
The Buick Encore will be replaced in the U.S. by the Encore GX, but the Encore will continue to be sold for the 2020 model year
Photo: Buick

This won’t be the first time GM has continued to produce older models after introducing their replacements.

For 2019, the automaker introduced all-new models of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. At the same time, though, GM also produced 2019 Sierra Limited and 2019 Silverado LD models based on the previous generation’s platform. GM also did the same thing in 2018 for the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse.

This model-overlap strategy has helped GM avoid the typical sales dead zone between the discontinuation of a model’s old generation and the introduction of the new generation. Customers who aren’t holding out for the newest model can still easily find the vehicle they want at dealerships instead of having to wait. This also buys GM a bit of extra time to ensure high quality for the incoming model.

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News Source: GM Authority