After a decade on the market and having become General Motors’ best-selling car worldwide, the automaker is said to be developing a Chevy Onix crossover variant in Brazil.
GM’s Brazilian subsidiary may be working on a future and unprecedented crossover variant of the popular Chevy Onix, aiming to satisfy the high demand for entry-level utility vehicles in the South American country and throughout the region, simultaneously strengthening both the nameplate’s sales leadership and Chevrolet‘s crossover portfolio in the brand’s second-largest global volume market.
As reported by AutosSegredos, GM Brazil has begun to develop a Chevy Onix crossover variant as the Bow Tie brand’s next entry-level utility, which would be closely related to the Onix hatchback that is manufactured exclusively in Brazilian territory. This new Onix variant could again expand the range of the popular subcompact vehicle and position itself below the Chevy Tracker in the crossover portfolio.
The local Brazil publication claims that GM will create the crossover variant of the Chevy Onix using the same formula as its rivals Volkswagen and Stellantis, which developed the Volkswagen Nivus and Fiat Pulse utility vehicles using the unibody architectures of the Volkswagen Polo and Fiat Argo respectively. As such, the Onix crossover would have the same bodywork as the hatchback model, but with a more rugged front and rear design, including plastic body cladding and a raised suspension.
Unlike such competing entry-level utilities, the upcoming crossover would also use the well-known Chevy Onix name, adding a designation similar to that of sedan variant – dubbed ‘Onix Plus’ in the Brazilian market. This strategy would avoid the creation of a new specific nameplate for the model and would further strengthen the Onix’s position as the best-selling vehicle in Brazil and all of Latin America.
The source reports that the all-new Chevy Onix crossover variant is scheduled to launch in Brazil in the second half of the 2026 calendar year, using the current Onix hatchback’s GEM Platform, along with its powertrain. However, it’s unclear if the Onix crossover will be based on the current second generation or the upcoming third-generation model. In any case, it will be manufactured at GM Gravataí plant dedicated exclusively to the Onix.