General Motors has just launched the new 2021 Chevrolet Onix in China, exactly one year after the introduction of the second-generation model in that country in late April 2019. The 2021 model year of the new Onix in the Chinese market adds an entry-level variant which incorporates a new engine into the powertrain lineup of Chevrolet’s successful subcompact sedan.
Until now, the new Chevrolet Onix was sold in China in LT and Redline versions, both equipped with a turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder engine that delivers 123 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque. Now, the 2021 Onix adds a base trim level called the LT Enjoy Edition that features a new naturally aspirated 1.3L engine, which boasts an output of 106 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque.
This new Onix engine features the latest variable valve timing (VVT) technology and belongs to GM’s eighth generation of Ecotec engines, internationally recognized for their excellent combination of performance and low fuel consumption. Additionally, the 1.3L engine in the entry-level trim comes exclusively paired with a five-speed manual transmission – which was also not available for the 2020 model year.
GM claims that this new powertrain combination provides the Chevrolet Onix LT Enjoy Edition with an impressive combined fuel range of just 4.8 L/100 kilometers, equivalent to 49 miles per gallon. As such, the entry-level Onix becomes the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the subcompact car segment in China, and one of the most efficient in the world.
|1.0L I3||Naturally aspirated||82 hp / 77 lb-ft||Brazil||South America only|
|1.3L I3||Naturally aspirated||106 hp / 96 lb-ft||China||China only|
|1.0L I3||Turbocharged||123 hp / 133 lb-ft||All||International|
|1.2L I3||Turbocharged||130 hp / 141 lb-ft||Mexico||International|
In addition, it is worth noting that the new 1.3L engine becomes the fourth powertrain option available in the second-generation Chevrolet Onix since its international launch. The offer starts with a naturally aspirated 1.0L engine exclusive to South America, followed by this second naturally aspirated option that debuts in China, a global 1.0L turbo engine and a range-topping 1.2L turbo, exclusive to the made-in-Mexico Onix.
The new 2021 Chevrolet Onix is now available in the Chinese market, keeping the exact same design and adding a tire pressure monitoring system as a standard feature. It is manufactured at the SAIC-GM Dong Yue plant, located in Yantai city. The starting prices of the three levels of equipment currently offered in China are as follows:
- Onix LT Enjoy Edition: 79,900 CNY (about $11,250 USD at the current exchange rate)
- Onix LT: 89,900 CNY ($12,650 USD)
- Onix Redline: 96,900 CNY ($13,650 USD)