The all-new Chevrolet Onix sedan launched in China at the end of April. General Motors introduced Chevy’s new subcompact sedan for developing markets in the range-topping Redline trim, deciding to later leave more basic models for a later time. That time is now.
Today, GM Authority exclusively brings you the very first images of the 2020 Chevrolet Onix sedan in its standard configuration. The model depicted here is the Onix LT, which will become the base trim level for the small new sedan in China.
The 2020 Chevrolet Onix LT features a simple and more traditional appearance, with several notable differences from the Onix Redline introduced initially. The black and red accents in the grille, wheels, mirrors, and moldings seen in the Onix Redline are replaced by finishes in chrome and in body color. As has become customary for Chevrolet, the base model features the Chevy bow tie logo in the original golden color, while the rest of the emblems – such as the nameplate and trim plate – are finished in chrome.
In addition, the Onix Redline’s projector-beam headlights are replaced with halogen headlamps, while the LED-based lower accent lights and rear spoiler are deleted entirely.
Inside, the new Chevrolet Onix LT dispenses with the two-tone cabin finish, multifunction steering wheel and leather upholstery seen on the Onix RS. What’s more, the floating 8-inch color screen is replaced by a much smaller monochrome.
Mechanically, the new Onix LT maintains the same powertrain combination as the range-topping Onix Redline. The powerplant is GM’s new turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder making 123 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The boosted three-cylinder is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Later on in the model’s lifecycle, the new Chevrolet Onix will also be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The 2020 Chevrolet Onix LT is now available at Chevrolet dealers across China. For the Chinese market, the Onix is manufactured at the SAIC-GM Dong Yue plant located in the city of Yantai. The second-generation Onix will be launched in Latin America in the upcoming months, both in sedan body and hatchback variants. The GM Gravataí plant in Brazil will be responsible for producing the model for Latin America.
The second-gen Onix rides on the GM GEM platform, otherwise known as Global Emerging Markets architecture, developed specifically to underpin low-cost vehicles for developing markets.