Once again, the Chevrolet Monza follows in the footsteps of the Buick Excelle GT – its mechanical twin in China. Last week, we reported that General Motors revealed the new 2021 Buick Excelle GT Mild Hybrid, and now, the company has does the same with the Chevrolet compact sedan, which for the 2021 model year adds new variants with the same hybrid system as the Buick.
Specifically, the new mild hybrid powertrain of the 2021 Chevrolet Monza is available in both the Redline intermediate trim level and the range-topping RS. In both variants, this new powertrain boasts an electric motor and a 48-volt battery, promising smoother and quieter operation while simultaneously achieving improvements in performance and fuel consumption.
“The newest members of the Chevrolet compact sedan family offer dynamic styling, outstanding fuel efficiency and affordability,” said General Director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, Scott Lawson, in an official press release. “Their launch demonstrates Chevrolet’s commitment to listen to customers across China and offer products that meet their individual needs.”
Like the Buick Excelle GT, the Chevrolet Monza RS Mild Hybrid features a turbocharged, 1.3L Ecotec engine backed by the new 48-volt system, delivering 161 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the Monza Redline Mild Hybrid is equipped with a smaller, turbo 1.0L engine with a combined output of 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque.
GM indicates that when the 2021 Monza Mild Hybrid is started, the 48V electric motor starts before the combustion engine to increase efficiency, but they run simultaneously during acceleration to save energy and reduce emissions. Also, because the system extends the engine shut-off time when the vehicle is slowing down, the Monza Redline Mild Hybrid nets as much as 50 mpg on the combined city/highway cycle.
The 2021 Chevrolet Monza Mild Hybrid is now available in the Chinese market, strengthening the lineup of Chevrolet’s best-selling model in the country – with more than 140,000 units sold since its launch in 2019. The starting price of the Monza Mild Hybrid in Redline trim is 108,900 CNY (about $15,400 USD at the current exchange rate), while the RS variant starts at 117,900 CNY (about $16,650 USD).