Just as the discontinuation of the Chevy Joy in Brazil was announced, General Motors launched an updated version of Chevrolet‘s most affordable vehicle in Argentina – where the rebadged first-generation Chevy Onix will remain on sale in the new year. The automaker has just introduced the 2022 Chevy Joy with more safety features for the Argentine market.
The updated Joy in Argentina adds Electronic Stability Control (ESP) as its main novelty, which is now standard across the entire model range. This change is due to the fact that Argentine legislation established electronic stability control as a mandatory feature for all new vehicles sold in the country as of January 1st, 2022.
As such, electronic stability control allows the 2022 Chevy Joy to pursue its career in the South American country and joins the existing safety systems that make it one of the safest entry-level vehicles in the region. The Joy’s new safety feature is now standard alongside electronic brake distribution system (EBD), anti-lock brake system (ABS), dual front airbags, Isofix child seat anchors and seat belt alert.
In Argentina, the 2022 Chevy Joy range remains exactly the same as the previous model year’s, including a five-door hatchback body and a sedan version called Joy Plus. Both models have two trim levels, base and Black Edition. The latter adopts details such as black Chevrolet Bow Tie badges and mirror caps, as well as blacked out 15-inch alloy wheels.
Mechanically, the 2022 Chevy Joy is unchanged, but retains the tried-and-true 1.4L naturally aspirated engine with which this model has long been sold in the Argentine market. The engine delivers 97 horsepower and 93 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. This is the only powertrain combination available for both 2022 Joy body styles.
The 2022 Chevy Joy with standard stability control is already on sale in the official dealer network of Argentina, where the vehicle is offered with a 3-year or 100,000-kilometer warranty. The 2022 units continue to be manufactured at the São Caetano do Sul plant, which are manufactured exclusively for export markets from now on. The starting price is 2,124,900 ARS, about $20,600 USD at the current exchange rate.