Who’s Working On The Next-Gen Chevy Trax And Buick Encore?

A reader sent us these spy shots of what looks like a subcompact crossover, undergoing testing in the altitude of Colorado. But what is it, and who is developing it?

The camouflage does a pretty good job of obscuring the vehicle’s identity. But to our eyes, it looks like it could very well be the replacement for the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore. But that poses more questions than it answers.

Both models share their Gamma II underpinnings with the Opel Mokka. And all three came out out in late 2012/early 2013. Now over five years later, they’re coming closer to the end of their lifecycle than they are to the start. And with newer rivals like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, and Kia Niro contending in an increasingly competitive market segment, the GM trio is starting to show its age.

The kicker is that, while those were all GM brands when the current models came out, the American giant has since sold the Opel brand – along with Vauxhall and most of the rest of its European operations – to the PSA group. They’re made in a variety of plants around the world – including GM’s in South Korea and Mexico, SAIC-GM’s in Shanghai, and Opel’s in Spain.

So the question is, will GM replace the Trax and Encore on its own, with PSA spinning the Mokka’s replacement off a shared Peugeot/Citroën platform? Or will they continue to collaborate on this model, as they will on others? Surely there are those in Detroit, Rüsselsheim, and Paris who know. But we’re not among them. At least not at this early stage. We’ll find out sooner or later, though. So watch this space, and check out the spy shots below – sent to us by reader Brett Borgard – in the meantime.

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Well…. GM of course is working on them.

    Who else would it be?

    • Didou

      PSA.

      I worked there for a while in France, the deal with Opel at the time included GM brands.

      Opel is cut off GM group but this car was already in developpement when PSA purchased Opel.

      And look at that profile, same as Opel s PSA next Mokka.

      • supermanuel

        The new Corsa was also in development on a GM platform during the buy out (nearly finished in fact) but PSA has stopped that and is putting it on one of their platforms instead. I would strongly suspect that they will do the same with the Mokka rather than paying the licensing fees to GM.

      • uS’gedlemba

        While I fully aggree about the profile; I have to take your explanation of the development of this vehicle with a grain of salt…

  • FactChecker90803

    GM owns the Gamma platform that evolved into the Gamma2XX platform that evolved into the G2UC-E (BEV 2) platform that is the platform used on the BOLT electric car. So I see GM using this platform as the foundation to replace these compact SUV’S and the compact coupes, sedans and hatchbacks GM produces.

  • Paul

    It looks promising anyway.

    • Bash

      How? its another SUV.

      • Paul

        Because it is another SUV, cars are on the decline.

        • Bash

          Sad but so true.

  • emjayay

    The Buick Encore doesn’t just share Gamma II underpinnings with the Opel Mokka. It is an Opel Mokka.

    But anyway this is just one part of what is going to happen with the new Peugeot/Citroen/Opel thing, and how it will relate to GM.

  • Socarboy

    With the door opened thanks to the Buick Envision and forthcoming Ford Focus, the Trax and Encore replacements will most likely be made in China

    • Paul

      It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they were.

    • FactChecker90803

      Your all forgetting, that the 25% import Tax is still on the Table, China did say they will cut there import tax from 25% to 10%, but they have raised the Luxury Tax and VAT and there displacement tax is the highest in the world. And with even congressmen running for re- election and canidates in both parties agreeing with the president on imported cars from restricted markets, I see so called American companies with captize imports getting hit with a VAT or congress re-adjusting the corporate tax on the profits and sales on does imports being raised back to 39%, to protect domstic made cars from Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota.

  • uS’gedlemba

    PSA made it clear as daylight that severing ties with GM will be top priority; cars like Corsa, Astra, Mokka, Adam and Insignia are a liability as PSA has to pay royalties to GM for every car they sell; hence the abandonment of the Corsa project in it’s maturity; it’s in PSA’s interest to move all the passenger vehicles to it’s platforms as soon as possible. While this car does resemble the Mokka we saw a day or two ago; I suspect there’s a more plausible reason other than being shared development between PSA and GM.

  • Rod Miranne

    I could definitely take a closer look it the new Encore, if this looks like the renderings of the new Opel Mokka shown on other sites, I’m currently considering a CX-5, but I like Buick’s also as a new CUV in the next 2 years. Looking forward to seeing a production version.

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