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.

    • Michael Lamont Bugs Buny

      as far as I know and understood and I understand that the next Chevrolet Trax 2 “and Buick Envision will no longer benefit from any old technical platform from the former German owner of the Opel PSA that GM Chevrolet [The former Chevrolet in Europe] announced that since March 2018, he has already divorced his former German owner from Opel PSA and has already separated from former old platforms from his former German owner at OPEL PSA and last year since last year last summer in 2018 the General Motors’ Chevrolet ” [Chevrolet in Europe] ” became the new owner of the Chinese carmaker GM SAIC china in Europe ” so ” I think the new generations the Chevrolet Trax 2 small SUV and its little brother Buick Envision will not benefit from any European version opel because because he will not rely on the same old platform from his former owner who gave him the divorce one year ago in March and separated from the old platforms from a German owner at Opel PSA so small Chevrolet Trax 2 and his little brother suv Buick Envision will be built on Chinese platforms: GM SAIC so GM Chevrolet ” [The former Chevrolet in Europe] said goodbye 1 year ago since March 2018 because it has already given them the divorce of the former German owner of Opel PSA and has already separated from former old platforms from the former German owner of OPEL PSA

  • 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.

    • Michael Lamont Bugs Buny

      friend Rod Miranne at what you say is not true the rumor is false here is the true reason that is the real rumor that GM Chevrolet has already given him the Divorce of the former German owner of opel PSA in March 2018 [1 year ago] this is the reason why GM’s CHEVROLET is mad at the former German owner of Opel PSA because in the past it has only created problems with GM Chevrolet because GM Chevrolet gave him the divorce last March 2018 to the former German owner from the PSA opel and or separated from the old old platforms that abandoned it the reason [from what I know and I understand that the next Chevy Trax 2 small suv “and Buick Envision will no longer benefit from any old technical platform from the former German owner of Opel PSA that the ‘ “GM Chevrolet [Former Chevrolet in Europe] announced that since March 2018, he has already divorced his former German owner from Opel PSA and has already separated from former old platforms from his former German owner at OPEL PSA and recently Last year, last summer in 2018, Chevrolet General Motors’ Chevrolet became the new owner of the Chinese carmaker GM SAIC China in Europe, “I think the new generations of the Chevrolet Trax 2 small suv and its little brother Buick Envision will not benefit from any European version opel because it will not rely on the same old platform from its former owner who gave him the divorce now 1 year in March and separated from the old platforms from the German owner at the Opel PSA, so small Chevrolet Trax 2 and its Buick Envision brother will be built on Chinese platforms: GM SAIC so GM Chevrolet ” [The former Chevrolet in Europe] said goodbye 1 year ago in following March 2018 because he has already divorced his former German owner from Opel PSA and has already separated from former old platforms from his former German owner at OPEL PSA]
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