If you know the Chevy Onix, you know the Chevy Prisma, which is essentially a sedan variant of the Onix. It rides on the same Gamma II architecture as models like the Chevy Sonic, (South American-market and Gamma-based) Cobalt, Spin, and Onix, and was fully developed in Brazil.
The Prisma offers a choice of two four-cylinder engines that GM calls Smart Performance Economy, or SPE: the first is a 1.0 liter and the second is a more potent 1.4 liter. Running on ethanol, the 1.0 makes 80 horsepower and 72 lb.-ft. of torque (98 Nm); running on gasoline, it makes 78 horses and 70 lb.-ft. of torque (95 Nm). Meanwhile, the 1.4 liter makes 106 horsepower and 102 lb.-ft. of torque (139 Nm) running on ethanol, along with 98 horsepower and 95 lb.-ft. of torque (130 Nm) when running on gasoline.
Both engines are mated to an F17 5-speed manual transmission, the same gearbox that’s provided in the Onix and Cobalt. According to GM, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) is reached in 12.7 seconds when running on gasoline with the 1.4 liter unit.
When it arrives to showrooms later this year, the Prisma will be available in LT and LTZ trim levels. Standard equipment will include parking sensors, power steering, ABS / EBD, and front airbags. In addition, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system will also be available.
The Prisma will join the Onix as Chevrolet’s product offerings for the Brazil and other Latin American markets, as it will launch in Argentina later this year. Prisma was developed at GM’s Tech Center in Brazil, one of the five GM centers worldwide that develops new products.