2020 Buick Encore GX revealed as a bigger smaller crossover

It fits between Encore and Envision


Buick Encore GX
The Encore GX is positioned between the regular Encore and Envision.
Image Credit: Buick

The crossover craze has taken root throughout the car industry, but especially at Buick. The company says that 90% of its sales are of the upright utilities. So it’s no surprise the brand is adding yet another model to the line-up, the 2020 Buick Encore GX.

Despite the name, the Encore GX doesn’t appear to share anything with the current Encore, as GM says it uses a new platform. It’s also larger than the regular Encore, though it’s also smaller than the midsize Envision. One area in which its slightly bigger size benefits the GX is that it has nearly five more cubic feet of cargo space than the current Encore.

Other details about the crossover are scant. Buick hasn’t even said what engine or transmission will be used. Buick did say the Encore GX will feature automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keep assist as standard features, with the rear-camera mirror as an option. The current Encore will continue to be sold alongside the Encore GX, and it won’t be replaced with the version shown at the Shanghai Auto Show. Pricing and availability will be announced later, along with other vehicle details.

Source: Autoblog.com

The GMC Sierra could be going electric, too

GM’s premium truck brand is mulling over a rival to the EV F-150

by ALEX REID | JANUARY 25, 2019

Mere weeks after Ford announced it was going to build an electric F-150, GMC is jumping on the bandwagon, and considering its own plans to electrify the Sierra.

According to CNBC, a conversation with GMC vice-president Duncan Aldres revealed that an electric version of its famous pickup truck is “something we’re considering.”

GMC has always fallen on the premium side of Chevrolet, which means the introduction of an electric drivetrain could be easier paid for by the higher-end features found in the Sierra.

Once the Sierra goes, however, we’d expect the Silverado to follow in its zero-emissions footsteps.

The model hasn’t been confirmed yet, but with the introduction of boutique electric truck manufacturers such as Rivian, Bollinger and even Tesla joining the EV pickup game, it seems unlikely GM would want to miss out. The fact Ford will be throwing its hat into the ring will speed things up for a lot of manufacturers.

GM also recently announced it will turn Cadillac into a leader in electric technology, and introduce electric-only models under the brand’s halo.

We think there might be a good market for a fully electric Escalade or Avalanche, but that’s just us starting rumours!

2019 GMC Sierra Racks Up the Awards at 2019 Canadian International AutoShow

Next-generation pickup recognized as winner of Truck King Challenge & Motoring TV’s Truck of the Year

OSHAWA (Friday, February 15, 2019) — The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali has been recognized as the winner of the 2019 Truck King Challenge and the Truck of the Year by Motoring TV, awards given to best-in-class trucks with advanced innovation, features and technologies.

“It is an honour to be acknowledged by the Canadian press for the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, our boldest and most innovative Sierra ever,” said Michael MacPhee, brand director for GMC in Canada. “All new from the ground up, the Sierra Denali has established itself as a game-changer both in class-leading capability and revolutionary design.”

Distinguished by its bold design and segment-leading technologies, the Sierra Denali once again redefines the pickup, while advancing Denali’s legacy as the pinnacle of GMC design, capability and refinement. The 6.2L V8 coupled to the new 10 speed transmission is powerful yet fuel efficient, and the all-new Dynamic Fuel Management system is engineered to allow the engine to operate within the full range of one to eight cylinders.

The Sierra is the first and only model to offer the MultiPro Tailgate, with six unique positions and functions offer enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions. The 2019 Sierra Denali affirms its position as the most premium Sierra ever with advanced technologies and exclusive features.

The Canadian Truck King Challenge is an annual competition that pits six 4WD pick-ups against one another. Each truck is driven 400 km in a series of challenges that test its abilities unload, loaded with 1000 lbs., towing 7000 lbs., and finally taken off-road. In awarding the title to the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, it was noted that its contemporary contours, interior finishes, and the rear tailgate step-ladder, are what helped it clinch the title.

Motoring TV’s Truck of the Year recognizes styling, next generation upgrades and advances in power train. Celebrating over 30 seasons on TSN, Motoring TV is one of the longest-running and most respected Canadian automotive television programs. 

About GMC in Canada

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmccanada.ca, on Twitter at @GMCCanada, on Instagram at @gmccanada or at http://www.facebook.com/gmccanada.

Article reference:
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GMC Introduces the Bolder 2020 Acadia

OSHAWA (Tuesday, February 19, 2019) — Smarter technologies in the 2020 GMC Acadia, including a new available turbo engine and the latest GMC infotainment system1, along with a fresh look, offer greater versatility for customers on the go. The lineup includes SLE, SLT, an all-new AT4 trim and GMC’s flagship Denali, with available seating arrangements for five, six or seven passengers, depending on the model.

“The 2020 Acadia is stylish, functional and capable with more of the smart convenience and connectivity features that customers rely on every day,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “And with GMC’s signature refinement at its core, the new Acadia advances the brand’s commitment to offering premium vehicles for discerning crossover customers.”

Design and technology enhancements on the new Acadia include:

  • Bolder exterior design with standard LED lighting and signature GMC C-shape lighting, complemented with interior refinements.
  • Introduction of the first-ever Acadia AT4 with more aggressive exterior styling and darkened finishes.
  • New available 2.0L turbocharged engine that uses an innovative tripower valvetrain and dual-scroll turbocharging technologies to help optimize performance and efficiency in all driving conditions.
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission developed to provide a greater balance of performance and efficiency, along with enhanced refinement.
  • New Electronic Precision Shift that replaces the conventional shifter with an electronic control that frees up interior room, including a more versatile centre console with greater storage space.
  • Enhanced GMC infotainment system that is more intelligent and intuitive, offering new features designed to help improve the user experience and offer more personalization.
  • New Head-up Display (late availability).

“With technological enhancements at your fingertips and under the hood, the 2020 Acadia is an intelligent crossover that elevates the driving and passenger experiences on all fronts,” said Aldred. “That makes it a smart choice all around.”   

Design and refinement

At a glance, the ’20 Acadia distinguishes itself with a new grille, new front and rear fascias and GMC’s signature C-shaped lighting.

An all-new Acadia AT4 expands the reach of GMC’s newest sub-brand. Its bold styling cues, including a black chrome-accented grille, add a rugged, off-road-inspired design to the Acadia range. A 3.6L V-6 engine producing 310 hp and 367 Nm (271 lb-ft) of torque and a twin clutch AWD system are standard to the AT4. Unique 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are also standard, with 20-inch wheels available.

Additional design and refinement enhancements for the 2020 Acadia include:

  • New 18- and 20-inch wheel designs depending on the trim.
  • Outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals (power-folding feature standard on Denali and available on SLT trim).
  • Hands-free power liftgate with GMC logo projection standard on SLT, AT4 and Denali.
  • Redesigned centre console with enhanced storage space.
  • Unique Denali interior colour scheme with new, open-pore wood decor.

Innovative engine technology

A new 2.0L Turbo engine expands the Acadia’s propulsion choice for customers and adds a new dimension to its performance.

It leverages GM’s innovative tripower valvetrain technology to vary valve lift across the rpm band, optimizing performance for varied driving demands:

  • High valve lift for maximum power.
  • Low valve lift for a greater balance of power and efficiency.
  • Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) disables two of the cylinders in light load conditions to optimize efficiency.

The tripower valvetrain complements the turbocharging system to make the most of the engine’s available power at all speeds. The turbo is a dual-scroll design developed to enhance low-speed torque delivery. Peak torque is available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, for an exceptional feeling of responsiveness.

The engine is rated at a GMC-estimated 230 horsepower (172 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Both the proven 2.5L I-4 and the 3.6L V-6 engines remain standard or optional equipment for the 2020 Acadia dependent on trim level selected. All engine offerings feature a stop/start deactivation switch.

New nine-speed automatic and Electronic Precision Shift

A new nine-speed automatic replaces the previous six-speed automatic as the standard transmission for the 2.0L, 2.5L and 3.6L engines offered in the 2020 Acadia. The nine-speed’s additional clutches and gears offer better optimized acceleration and efficiency, and engine noise is reduced during cruising for greater refinement.

The 2020 Acadia is the latest GMC with Electronic Precision Shift, which enables more storage room in the centre console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with an electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.

New GMC infotainment system and additional technologies

As connectivity continues to grow in importance for crossover customers, the 2020 Acadia delivers the latest GMC infotainment system that is more intelligent and more intuitive. It offers users improved voice recognition, a higher resolution touchscreen and a simplified interface that requires fewer steps for some tasks, along with simpler screen layouts inspired by the latest smartphone technology.

This more user-friendly system, with an 8-inch-diagonal screen, also incorporates several new and enhanced features:

  • Personal profile allows users to tailor the infotainment system to their preferences, including audio, available navigation (requires subscription to compatible Connected Services) and climate settings, and even transfer those preferences to another GM vehicle with a compatible infotainment system. Up to four profiles are saved to the vehicle and they can be assigned to the Acadia’s key fobs, automatically resetting the preferences for the incoming driver.
  • All-new Navigation2 interface with “one shot” destination entry feature, improved Route Guidance functionality and personalized settings.
  • Connected Navigation3offers real-time updates, as well as Predictive Navigation and additional information provided by a cloud database. (Feature requires a Connected Navigation trial or subscription and connectivity.)
  • USB-C ports.Two new USB-C charging ports are integrated in the front and rear of the centre console. That brings the number of ports in the Acadia to five, including a USB-A charging port for the third-row seating area.

Additional new and enhanced technologies on the 2020 Acadia include:

  • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging (available).
  • High Definition Rear Vision Camera4 upgraded to digital (standard on SLT, AT4 or Denali and available on SLE).
  • New Rear Camera Mirror4 available on Denali.
  • eBoost brake system standard on models with the new 2.0L Turbo engine
  • Suspension refinements that enhance ride and handling.

The 2020 GMC Acadia goes on sale this fall.   

About GMC in Canada

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmccanada.ca, on Twitter at @GMCCanada, on Instagram at @gmccanada or at http://www.facebook.com/gmccanada.

GM Canada is #1 For Retail Sales in Canada for 2018

OSHAWA, Ontario (January 3, 2019) — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers delivered 288,310 total sales for the full year of 2018 including 214,668 retail sales and 73,642 fleet sales, again making GM Canada the market leader for retail sales in Canada for 2018. Total sales for December 2018 were 13,855 vehicles including 10,691 retail and 3,164 fleet deliveries.

“We are very pleased to once again be Canada’s retail sales leader in 2018 led by especially strong sales performance in our pickup and crossover segments”, said GM Canada president and managing director Travis Hester. “The past year saw significant market swings in customer purchases from sedans toward crossovers, SUVs and pickups – areas where GM has one of the strongest, newest product lineups in the industry, with several important new entries coming in 2019.”

“We enter 2019 with the best new line-up of pickups in Canada, strong crossover momentum across our brands and significant technology leadership for the future, added Scott Bell, GM Canada vice president, sales, service and marketing. With several important new product launches and Canada’s best dealer network, we look forward to building our customer sales and service in 2019.”

The Luxury Behind the 2018 Buick Enclave

There’s no question that Buick’s line of vehicles have been traditionally known for their luxury. That tradition continues today, along with added fun. The 2018 Buick Enclave combines its historic quality with innovative technology to create a quality that knows no bounds.

 

Limitless Luxury

 

For those unfamiliar with the Buick story, the car company is one of the oldest in North America with over one hundred years of experience. As the foundation brand behind General Motors, it has been a leader among the big three car companies, often outselling its competitor’s luxury offerings. What makes the company so special is its continued commitment to quality over quantity.

 

The 2018 Buick Enclave is Buick’s signature SUV. The vehicle has four different trims available: the base model, the Essence model, the Premium model and the Avenir. All models come with individually controlled heated driver and front passenger seats; keyless and remote entry and start; tri-zone automatic climate control which maintains individual temperatures for the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers; and front bucket seats with both driver and passenger lumbar.

 

Limitless Technology

 

Buick’s luxury extends beyond just the aesthetic, but is keen on technology features as well. The newest models feature a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot with a strong connection for at seven devices, something few other vehicles (or homes for that matter) can boast. It even features an in-vehicle air ionizer that leaves the air cleaner and takes away harsh outdoor pollutants, plus dust and pollen.

 

This awesome vehicle also features an 8-point digital compass that keeps you going in the right direction. And should you get lost or in trouble, you can always rely on the Onstar navigation system, which connects you to a live operator.

 

These are just a few of the highlights of the 2018 Buick Enclave, but nothing can compare to seeing it for yourself. To fall in love with all these features, visit Edwards Garage for a test drive.

3 Options To Love for the 2018 GMC Canyon

If you’re looking for a mid-size truck that’s reliable and affordable but still comes with some slick options, the 2018 GMC Canyon might be the one for you. Highly-rated for its powerful engine, impressive towing capabilities and extra-large maximum payload, GMC also offers some upgrades that make the Canyon the kind of truck you can’t wait to show off.

The All Terrain Package

 

If you regularly need to travel on unpaved or poorly maintained roads or you’ve ever wanted to take your truck off-roading, the Canyon All Terrain is definitely worth a closer look. It comes with an upgraded suspension to keep your ride smooth when you leave the asphalt, an automatic locking rear differential for improved traction, all-terrain tires, a transfer case shield to protect it from trail obstacles and that’s just the beginning. You can even get some luxe in-cabin features like heated seats and power lumbar control.

 

Infotainment Upgrades

 

You can choose the IntelliLink infotainment system with a seven-inch or eight-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available for both, but the eight-inch also comes with navigation. Bluetooth audio, mobile wifi and voice recognition are just a few of the other options available so you can make your truck as high-tech as you want.

 

The Nightfall Package

 

Sure, you want a truck for practical reasons, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want it to look cool. The Nightfall Edition answers this wish with an Onyx Black paint job, black wheels and black grilled. Just in case you thought this package was all about image, it also comes with a backup camera, remote engine starting and automatic climate control, which are all ideal features if you drive at night a lot.

 

If you’re curious to learn more about the available options on a 2018 Canyon, visit Edwards Garage to take one out for a test drive. Our staff can help answer your questions so you know exactly what your choices are.

3 Great Things About the Chevrolet Cruze

The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze can be a great vehicle choice for anyone. Found at your local Edwards Garage, this car has a number of features you may be interested in. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Exterior Design

 

This great car comes in both hatchback and sedan configurations so you can find the style you’re looking for. With a sleek aerodynamic design this car is available in a variety of colors. The lighting system has been crafted with your needs in mind, including a projector-beam headlamp assembly and an option for LED daytime running lights to help you see where you’re going. This car has also been designed to be fuel efficient so you can get where you’re going without worrying about your gas mileage.

Interior Design

 

Ride in both comfort and style with the heated seat options. Several interior color options are also available. For those that would like extra cargo space the rear seats can fold down to provide extra room. Up to 42.7 cubic feet to be exact. This allows you to haul everything from camping gear to sports equipment and more.

 

Great Technology

 

Listen to your music with the seven inch touch screen display that can connect to your devices via either Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. With the available mobile app you can connect to your car from anywhere from your smartphone. The driver may also enjoy the many integrated safety features such as the rear vision camera, forward collision alert, blind spot alert, and lane assist.

 

With a great exterior design, fuel efficiency, and a comfortable and stylish interior you can sit back and enjoy the ride. If you’re a technology lover you may find a lot of great features as well, including the ability to connect to your phone or wireless device, and the mobile app that lets you access your car from anywhere.

2019 Silverado Medium Duty Trucks Revealed!

Feast your eyes on the  2019 Silverado Medium Duty Trucks – the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, Silverado 5500HD, and Silverado 6500HD. Unveiled today at the NTEA The Work Truck Show, the three commercial trucks slot in the chassis cab Class 4, 5, and 6 medium duty conventional cab segments, respectively and represent GVWRs (Gross Vehicle Weight rating) from 15,000 for the Class 4 truck and 22,900 pounds for the Class 6 truck.

The new Silverado Medium Duty line slots above the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD which, despite having Heavy Duty in their name, slot in the light duty category GVWR and associated capability. Notably, the Silverado Medium Duty also serve as the spiritual successor to the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick that were discontinued in 2009. Since then, Chevrolet hasn’t offered a medium-duty chassis cab truck.

Chevrolet says that the new Silverado Medium Duty trucks are supremely capable, while also being the most customer-focused trucks of any major competitor.

“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”

Customer-Focused Development

The three Silverado Medium Duty trucks will be available exclusively as chassis cab models – meaning that they will ship without a bed, thereby being ready for up-fitters to customize as per customers’ requirements. Chevrolet says that the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks were developed with input from fleet managers, truck drivers, upfitters, technicians, and Chevrolet dealers.

“It’s not just numbers on a spec sheet that make us different and better,” said John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet. “These new Silverados are designed to solve the most common upfit and ownership challenges fleets have with many of today’s medium duty trucks.”

For instance, in order to reduce cost and complexity of upfits – such as frames that rust as well as rivets, brackets and fluid lines that interfere with body mounting, the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty feature a factory-painted frame with one-piece frame rails as well as smooth, unobstructed top sections and through-the-frame fuel fill lines. To accommodate longer cargo boxes without extensions and reinforcements, the Silverado Medium Duty will be available in seven cab-to-axle (CA) options ranging from 60 to 162 inches in length, as well as five unique axle-to-back-of-frame (AF) lengths in 8-inch increments.

In order to remove service obstacles that force technicians to use ladders or remove vehicle components to access under-hood components for maintenance and repair, the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD uses a lightweight, front-hinged “clamshell” hood that, when combined with a 50-degree wheel cut, allows easy “walk up” access to under-hood components. To address the common dissatisfier of conventional medium duty trucks in that they are difficult to drive, with a poor downward perspective for the driver as well as poor low-speed maneuverability due to narrow wheel cuts, and wide turning radiuses, the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks feature 50-degree wheel cuts and a precisely-crafted and contoured hood that optimizes the driver’s perspective of the road.

Noise, vibration and harshness issues are also common in this segment. So much so that many owners and operators resort to retrofitting aftermarket air suspensions to improve the ride, while having to live with loud and uncomfortable cabins. The new Silverado Medium Duty addresses this with an available, factory-installed rear air suspension that’s not offered by Ford and Ram. What’s more, the Silverado Medium Duty also offers triple-sealed, inset doors to help reduce wind and road noise while using huck bolts throughout the frame for superior clamping force.

Lastly, many Medium Duty suffer from poor diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank placement, which can lead to refueling errors. In the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD, the DEF tank is located on the passenger side of the truck, which is the opposite side of the fuel fill. The placement seeks to minimize putting diesel fuel in the DEF tank, and vice-versa.

Chevrolet developed the Silverado Medium Duty in conjunction with Navistar, which will sell its own version of this truck under the International Trucks brand.

Powertrain

The 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD will be powered by a 6.6L Duramax diesel engine making 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque mated to a choice of Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO option). We have confirmed with Chevy that the Duramax engine is a variant of the Duramax L5P called L5D.

The trucks will be available in 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.

“When you consider all of the flexibility, capability and durability we have engineered into the Silverado, along with the proven power of Allison transmissions and the Duramax diesel engine, we have a medium duty truck line that will appeal to both Chevrolet loyalists and competitive owners alike,” said Schwegman.

Technology

Chevrolet has labeled the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty as “the most-connected Medium Duty Truck”. That’s for good measure, since the trucks will be the most connected commercial truck available – thanks to options that include OnStar and Commercial Link, a built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot (which requires a paid data plan), as well as wireless cellphone charging and Bluetooth.

The trucks also support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Production & Ordering

Production of the new 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks begin in late 2018 and order guides will be available this spring. Pricing will be announced in the summer of 2018.

Source: GM Authority

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Delivers As Expected

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette delivers on what we’ve come to expect – tons of power. As with any sports cars, there are some attributes that may be a concern to some.

 

If you’re in the market for a sports car, here’s what we at Edwards Garage believe you should know about the 2018 Corvette.

 

How It Drives

The driving is typical of a Corvette. It accelerates quickly and powerfully when you step on the gas. Braking is excellent, and the pedals feel natural. Steering is precise, and the car easily responds to quick changes in direction. There are blind spots as with others in its class but putting the top down on the convertible solves that problem.

 

Comfort

The 2018 Corvette provides a comfortable ride as it comes with Magnetic Ride Control. As it is a sports car, tire noise will undoubtedly be a problem. On the interior, the driving position is adjustable and doesn’t feel as cramped as you would expect from a 2-seater.

 

Features & Trims

Per usual, the Corvette comes in either a coupe or convertible body. The convertible has a power-operated top while the coupe has a removable roof panel that can be stowed in the trunk. The trims include the Stingray, Z51, Grand Sport, and Z06.

 

Utility

It’s a sports car. Not much is expected in terms of space. Given it small trunk space, the Corvette is not the ideal car for large shopping trips.

 

Our Recommendation

If you want a powerful sports car, a Corvette is rarely a bad choice. The 2018 comes with the features and performance you expect and more. If you’re looking for a slight upgrade, go with the Grand Sport as it provides enhanced handling of the Z06 without the additional cost.

 

Feel free to contact us any time if you have any questions about the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette.