GM initially debuted the all-new Chevrolet Onix in China, followed by a local introduction in South America. And now, Chevrolet has announced that the new subcompact will arrive in Mexico in the beginning of 2020.
The overhauled subcompact sedan will be offered in Mexico exclusively in the four-door sedan body style, at least at launch, with the goal of attracting buyers via an appealing combination of design, technology, security and efficiency.
“The arrival of Chevrolet Onix consolidates our position in compact vehicles, with a value equation never seen before in its segment, which elevates Chevrolet to another level,” said Juan Carlos García, Vice President of Sales, Service and Marketing of GM Mexico, in a statement translated by GM Authority from Spanish. “Onix is a car with everything our customers want and more at their fingertips, which will revolutionize the sedans of Mexico,” he added.
It’s worth noting that, not only does the arrival of the Onix in Mexico represent the first time the nameplate will have been marketed in a North American country, but also that it will be produced locally in the region. Francisco Garza, the new president of GM Mexico, announced that the second-generation Onix will be produced at the GM San Luis Potosi plant and will serve as a vital vehicle to improve Chevrolet sales in the region starting next year.
Garza said that units of the Chevrolet Onix produced at the Mexican plant will primarily be sold within the country, much like the prior-generation Chevrolet Aveo, which was Mexico’s best-selling new car for several years in a row. The Onix will also be exported from the San Luis Potosi plant do other markets in Central and South America.
Apart from its fresh design with strong character lines, the most prominent attribute of the all-new, second-generation Chevrolet Onix that will allow it to lead in its segment is its focus on technology and connectivity. In this sense, the car includes a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting seven devices, the latest Chevrolet infotainment system with a high-resolution display and wireless phone charging.
In addition, the new Chevrolet Onix offers significantly more safety features and equipment than other models in its class. It all starts with a high-strength structure that protects pedestrians and passengers alike. Other systems include standard stability control, six airbags, ABS brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), brake assist and a rearview camera.
From a mechanical standpoint, GM has announced that the all-new Chevrolet Onix will be offered in Mexico with a turbo-charged 3 cylinder engine. This confirmation rules out naturally-aspirated engines offered in Brazil and Chile, while suggesting that the boosted three-banger will displace 1.0 liters and make 116 horsepower. Customers will be able to select between a manual or automatic transmissions with six speeds.
The new Chevrolet Onix will go on sale in Mexico during the first quarter of 2020. Pricing, powertrain details and trim level details will be revealed closer to launch.