Already available in China, South America and Mexico, the new Chevrolet Onix is a spacious compact sedan that “blends attractive design, large and comfortable interior space, innovative connectivity and active safety technologies,” the automaker claims.
In the Middle East, the Onix will be offered in three trims and with two turbocharged three-cylinder engines. The base turbo 1.0-liter engine is rated at 114 horsepower, while the optional turbo 1.2-liter makes a slightly more stout 137 horsepower. The six-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission will be the only transmission offered in Middle Eastern markets.
The Onix taps GM’s new Global Emerging Markets architecture, otherwise known as the GEM platform, which was developed specifically for vehicles that will be sold in developing markets.
We reached out to Chevrolet Middle East to ask if the Onix will be available in the sedan or hatchback body style in the region, or if it plans to offer both there. We didn’t receive an immediate response, but will update this article when we hear back.
The Onix for the Middle East will be built in Mexico and it will be sold in sedan only form in the region.
The previous-generation Chevrolet Onix was a South American model only, but with this new model, GM expanded its availability to Mexico, China and now the Middle East as well. Pricing is not yet available, although the vehicle costs the equivalent of $12,000 to $15,000 in Brazil, so we imagine it will fall into that range when it goes on sale in the Middle East next year.
The 2019 Dubai International Motor Show, held at the Dubai World Trade Center, is open from November 12th to the 16th.