General Motors has just released two new trim levels of the Chevrolet Monza, which is the Bow Tie brand’s best-selling vehicle in China. For the new model year of Chevy’s popular compact sedan, the company applied exactly the same strategy it announced last week for the Buick Excelle GT – with which it shares the GM-PATAC K platform and all other mechanical components.
The 2020 Chevrolet Monza expands its lineup with two new intermediate trim levels which integrate a new, naturally aspirated 1.5L Ecotec engine. The vehicle now offers a total of seven trim levels and – like the Buick – three engine options to better meet market demand.
“The Monza has been quite popular among younger car buyers since its debut last year, with styling and technology that enhance the ownership experience,” said General Director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, Scott Lawson, in an official press release. “The new trim levels allow for a wider range of powertrains that provide outstanding fuel efficiency and performance to meet our diverse customer needs,” he finished.
As the only four-cylinder engine and the only naturally aspirated option offered by the Chevrolet Monza, the new 1.5L mill produces a maximum horsepower of 111 horsepower and 104 pound-feet of torque. It is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and an automatic start/stop feature, which helps reduce fuel consumption.
The two new variants of the 2020 Monza will wear an LTZ badge, maintaining the same overall design, but with a more traditional look. As such, it features chrome trim, gold Bow Tie emblems as well as 16-inch alloy wheels, which contrast with the Redline and RS trim levels’ dark finish. The interior gets a two-tone color scheme and incorporates Chevrolet’s latest infotainment system.
The 2020 Chevrolet Monza LTZ is available in five exterior colors and starts at CNY 111,900, or about $15,900 USD at the current exchange rate. Since its introduction in March 2019, the Monza has become a noteworthy commercial success for Chevrolet in China. Last year alone, more than 100,000 units were delivered, or about a quarter of the brand’s total sales.