Despite General Motors backing away from further investments in Brazil, the automaker has pressed reset on the popular Chevrolet Onix.
The 2017 Chevrolet Onix most notably dials up its green credentials, and brings greater technology to the market, including standard OnStar and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
The Onix first launched in 2012, since becoming a best-selling model for the brand in Brazil. With this first redesign, the Onix sees Chevrolet’s modern corporate face applied. The fascia is all new, with thinner headlamps and a longer hood. The traditional, Chevrolet split grille remains, though.
In the rear, sharper creases are present, and new, 15-inch machined wheels feature a dark backdrop to provide contrast to the entire car.
Inside, materials have become slightly more premium, and space has been increased for drivers and passengers. Premium cloth upholstery, storage compartments and more are only some of the changes designers made to make the Onix more livable.
Moving away from the simplistic, yet handsome design, the Onix ups its frugality with a choice of two engines: a 1.0L or 1.4L. Either may be paired with a new six-speed automatic, or six-speed manual gearbox. Electric power steering and new suspension calibration also helps shed weight, while improving comfort. In all, over 100 components were studied to reduce weight in the Onix by over 70 pounds.
When it comes to technology, Chevrolet wants Brazilian customers to keep connected. OnStar is standard, as is Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, mirrored through a new, seven-inch touchscreen display.
The 2017 Chevrolet Onix will arrive at dealerships at the end of July. Does Chevrolet have another hit in Brazil? It seems it certainly does.