BUICK ENCORE/OPEL MOKKA

 

The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka arrived in Europe in October 2012, and stopped in 2019, two years after GM left Opel.  After the Regal and Verano (Excelle XT/GT in China) the Mokka was the third Opel design to earn Buick exterior and outfit.  Adding a driven axle to a torsion beam rear suspension has been common practice in Japan from 1996 (starting with the Toyota Ipsum), and this German design appears to be the first non-Japanese application.

Buick Encore (G1UB)  China: November 2012, Canada: December 2012, USA: January 2013, Mexico: September 2013

The Chinese soon replaced the imported Opel 1.4-litre engine with their own design, gaining a 4% better fuel economy for the automatic model, risen to 10% in late 2016, when this transmission (and the engine) was improved.  The Americans offered a stronger direct injection engine for the 2016 model year until 2019, as only 12 percent of Encore buyers opted for the more potent engine in 2018.  Opel decided to use this engine for their four-wheel-drive automatic models, and Brazil for the Chevrolet Tracker from 2017.  Chinese sales by 2017 declined to half of the 2014/2015 level and stopped in March 2019.  In the United States, sales increased year by year since 2013 and rose in 2019 with 10% to over 100,000, with one-third being all-wheel-drive.

platform:

Gamma II

Opel/Vauxhall Mokka

1335

kg

engines:

Opel

Opel/SAIC

Opel

Opel

GM

Opel

rear suspension:

compound crank, coils

SUV

Family 0

SGM

SGE

Family I

Family I

MDE

ex Isuzu

wheelbase (cm):

255.5

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

length from (cm):

427.8

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

width (cm):

177.7

cc:

1364

1372

1399

1598

1796

1598

1686

injection

injection

dir. inj.

injection

injection

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

turbo

turbo

turbo

diesel

diesel

CIS:

Europe

12-19

Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (X)

12-19

16-18

12-18

12-15

14-19

12-15

fwd/awd

awd

fwd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6M/6A

6A

5M

5M/6A

6M/6A

6M/6A

kW

88-103

112

85

103

81-100

96

kW

hp

120-140

152

115

140

110-136

130

hp

awd 140 6M

awd 6A

awd 136 6M

awd 6M

120 not Vxhll

China

12-19

Buick Encore (Angkola)

12-13

13-19

 suffix 16-

18T

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6M/6A

6M/6A

kW

103

103-105

hp

140

140-143

l/100 km

6.9/7.6-8.0

6.8/7.3-7.7

16-

6.7/6.9-7.6

awd 6A

awd 6A

 

Canada

12-

Buick Encore

12-

15-19

USA

13-

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

6A

6A

kW

103

112

hp

138

153

Mexico

13-20

Buick Encore

13-20

fwd

6A

kW

103

hp

138

 

Buick Encore (JBUB) China: July 2019

The successor to the first Encore was developed in China, together with the new Chevrolet Tracker, on the GEM platform, of course without the typical Opel upward sweeping body crease of the first generation, and without the four-wheel-drive option.  People who wanted a manual transmission had to opt for the Chevrolet Tracker, but here also only automatic transmissions were offered by December 2020.  Less than 10,000 new Encores were sold in China in 2019, vs over 17,000 new Trackers, for which the entry-level price was a quarter lower than that of the Encore.

The models with the larger engine involved 95% of total sales, while since October 2020, production of 1-litre models stopped.

platform:

GEM

Buick Encore (JBUB)

1245

kg

engines:

GM

GM

rear suspension:

compound crank, coils

E-Tec

E-Turbo

wheelbase (cm):

257

3 cyl.

3 cyl.

length from (cm):

429.5

DOHC

DOHC

width (cm):

179.8

cc:

999

1341

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

China

19-

Buick Encore (Angkola)

19-

19-

15T

20T, '21 > 332T

fwd

fwd

6A

CVT

kW

85

116

hp

116

158

l/100 km

5.5

5.7

20: 5.6

 

 

Buick Encore GX (9BYB)  China: August 2019

Buick Encore GX (9BUB)  USA: February 2020

The larger Buick Encore GX on the 264 cm (Vehicle Set Strategy) VSS platform is equipped with the 3-cylinder 1341cc engine in China, mated to a CVT for the front-wheel-drive model, and a nine-speed automatic for the four-wheel-drive variant, as its Chevrolet Trailblazer sibling.  The four-wheel-drive has the torsion beam rear suspension with Watt’s linkage.  Some 5,700 Encore GX were sold in 2019, of which 2% were four-wheel-drive, dropping to under 1.5% in 2020. 

The Encore GX for North America is built in South Korea, on a 4 cm shorter wheelbase, and starts with the Prime 3-cylinder 1.2-litre engine with oil-immersed timing belt.  In the Chinese model the extra room is granted to the rear compartment, while the rear overhang is another 6 cm longer.  Chinese, South Korean and American Chevrolet Trailblazer share this longer wheelbase.  The Trailblazer is priced from under US$ 20,000, while the smaller Encore GX starts above $ 25,000.  In Canada, the 1.3-litre model is all-wheel-drive, and in Mexico front-wheel-drive.  In the United States, over 20% of the Encore GX models are four-wheel-drive.

platform:

VSS-F

Buick Encore GX (9BYB)

1375

kg

engines:

GM

GM

rear suspension:

compound crank, coils

Prime

E-Turbo

awd: Watt's linkage

3 cyl.

3 cyl.

wheelbase (cm):

264

DOHC

DOHC

length from (cm):

446.3

cc:

1199

1341

width (cm):

181.3

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

China

19-

Buick Encore GX (Angkola GX)

19-

20T

fwd/awd

CVT/9A

kW

116

hp

158

l/100 km

5.9/6.6

USA

20-

Buick Encore GX (9BUB)

1468

kg

20-

20-

fwd

fwd/awd

wheelbase (cm):

259.6

CVT

CVT/9A

length from (cm):

435.3

kW

102

116

width (cm):

181.3

hp

137

155

 

Canada

20-

Buick Encore GX (9BUB)

20-

20-

fwd

awd

CVT

9A

kW

102

116

hp

137

155

 

MEX

20-

Buick Encore GX (9BUB)

20-

fwd

CVT

kW

116

hp

155

 

Net output data are approximate.

                                                         with thanks to carsalesbase.com and http://db.auto.sohu.com

 

For recent specifications on Buick cars built in China, see:
On a Global Mission: The Automobiles of General Motors International
                                                         

 

Trax vs Encore

 

Far East Auto Literature

12 August, 2021