General Motors has officially announced that it will debut the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Onix sedan “very soon” in China, Chevrolet’s second-largest market by sales volume. In addition, we expect Chevy to also announce the new Onix in Brazil in the middle of this year.
The new Onix sedan, which leaked at the end of last year, will also introduce a new Redline variant, an equipment package that Chevrolet has been slowly rolling out across its model range to better cater to a younger customer demographic. In fact, the second-gen Onix will be the sixth Chevrolet model in China that is offered with Redline trimmings, joining the Equinox, Cruze, Orlando, the new Malibu XL and the new Monza.
“The Onix continues the momentum across Chevrolet’s vehicle lineup that targets the ever changing and diverse needs of our China customers,” said Scott Lawson, general director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, the automaker’s primary joint venture in China responsible for the Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brands. “It will attract those who demand overall performance and value.”
GM claims that the 2019 Chevrolet Onix sedan will offer an expressive exterior design, while optimizing space and comfort in the passenger compartment. Its “advanced technologies” will provide improved connectivity and efficient performance, traits that are typically not found in its segment.
This way, the 2019 Chevrolet Onix will be the first vehicle based on GM’s all-new GEM platform. Previously, GM announced that it will begin launching vehicles on the new architecture this year in China.
At that time, the company also revealed that the first member of the new family of GEM-based vehicles will be a Chevrolet that “will meet the needs of Chinese customers”, which will be revealed in that country this month. As such, this announcement confirms that the vehicle in question is the new Onix.
GEM, short for Global Emerging Markets, is a car architecture derived from the GM VSS-F platform, but developed specifically for low-cost vehicles sold in emerging markets.
One of the more noteworthy things about the 2019 Chevrolet Onix is that it will no longer be exclusive to South America, where it has achieved resounding levels of commercial success by becoming the best-selling new car in the region. With the all-new 2019 model, GM plans to expand the success of the Onix nameplate to another 40 developing countries around the world.
To properly carry out its international expansion, the new Onix will be manufactured in both China and Brazil. It’s currently unclear which GM China plant will produce the new Onix. In Brazil, the new-generation Onix will continue to be manufactured at the GM Gravataí plant.