As the Philippine economy starts its engine again after the world’s longest lockdown, carmakers are pulling the wraps off new models. Several launches were postponed due to the pandemic, and now the introductions are back with a vengeance. Here are three Chevrolet models to look forward to in the coming days and weeks:
Chevrolet will be trying its hand once again in the subcompact sedan market. Taking the place of the Sonic will be the Onix sedan. Likely to be sourced from GM’s China production base, the Onix is powered by an engine with an interesting configuration, a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder, reportedly good for 124ps and 180Nm. That engine reportedly makes the Onix the most fuel-efficient car in its segment in China.
Riding on GM’s Global Emerging Markets (talk about honesty) Platform, the Onix has become one of the best-selling cars in South America. The Onix might just be different enough to take a slice of the sedan market that hovers around the P800,000 price range.
The Tracker is a subcompact SUV, the successor to the Chevrolet Trax. The Tracker is also built on GM’s Global Emerging Markets platform. It is likewise powered by the turbocharged 1.3-liter 3-cylinder engine. GM’s new styling language makes the Tracker look modern and attractive. A hood with sculpted elements, and various side creases help give the Tracker a more memorable apperance. Expect the Tracker to land on our shores with a price range hovering around P1.1M to P1.2M
The Blazer is the big brother of the group, with a length just hitting 5 meters, and seating for seven. As such, it’s will be about 200mm longer than a Toyota Fortuner, and 122mm longer wheelbase. There should be sufficient room for three rows. The Blazer rides on a car-based platform, potentially giving it a more comfortable ride than pick-up based rivals. The Blazer is expected to be launched at around P1.7M