In May 2020, General Motors first launched the 2021 Chevrolet Onix with a base variant and a new entry-level engine in China – where the second-generation subcompact made its world debut a year earlier. Now, the automaker has just updated the 2021 Chevrolet Onix lineup in the Asian country, introducing notable changes that mainly affect powertrain options and pricing.
Interestingly, the biggest change for the 2021 Chevrolet Onix in China is that it ditches the base powertrain configuration introduced last year, consisting of the naturally aspirated 1.3L engine developing 106 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque, connected to the five-speed manual transmission. As a result, the new Onix once again offers a single engine choice and boasts the same starting price with which it was initially introduced in that country.
The entire 2021 Chevrolet Onix lineup built at the SAIC-GM Dong Yue plant is now equipped with the turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder engine, which delivers 123 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque. The mill is exclusively matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, ending the Onix’s short manual gearbox offering in the world’s largest auto market.
Although the 2021 Chevrolet Onix maintains a three-trim portfolio in the Chinese market, the vehicle reverses the previous formula of offering two LT trim-level variants and the range-topping Redline. Now, the 2021 Onix features a single base trim called the LT Enjoy Edition and two Redline variants, including the existing configuration and an additional one with more tech features.
The 2021 Chevrolet Onix’s exterior and interior design has remained exactly the same since the global launch of the second-generation model. With this sudden, mid-year update, only minor trim details have changed, like new black leather upholstery on the mid-range trim and custom accenting inside the new range-topping Redline variant.
The updated 2021 Chevrolet Onix is now on sale at the Bow Tie brand’s dealer network in China, where Chevrolet’s successful subcompact car is only offered as a four-door sedan. With these changes, GM intends to better tailor the Onix offering to the tastes and preferences of younger Chinese consumers, who represent its main target audience. The prices of the 2021 Onix in China are as follows:
- Onix LT Enjoy Edition: 89,900 CNY (about $13,895 USD at the current exchange rate)
- Onix Redline: 96,900 CNY ($14,975 USD)
- Onix Redline Plus: 99,900 CNY ($15,440 USD)