Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Chevrolet introduced a facelifted version for the Agile super-mini model in 2013 and updated its look and safety features for specific trim levels.
When GM needed a new super-mini vehicle for the South American market, GM Brazil was in charge of making it happened. Thus, the engineers took the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa D platform and transformed it into a Chevrolet. Since there were just a few mandatory safety rules, they stripped the car from ABS and airbags, and that resulted in very poor results on the Latin NCAP test. In 2013, Chevrolet updated the model.
At the front, the car sported a smaller grille than before. It still had the same horizontal slat that supported the bow-tie badge, but it was shorter than before. The restyling led to a new front bumper where the carmaker installed bigger fog lights. The headlights were fresh as well. On the C-pillars, Chevrolet designers imagined a new line that made a floating-roof styling in the back. A new set of taillights flanked the tailgate while the bumper was reshaped and sported two additional red-reflecting spots on the sides.
Inside, the carmaker reimagined the interior. Apart from the driver’s seat, all others could have been folded down to increase the transport area. GM installed a new seat for the driver with a new height adjustment system. There was also a new steering wheel with an airbag. For the LTZ trim level, Chevrolet installed standard ABS, while for the rest of the range was optional.
Under the hood, GM kept the same 1.4-liter flex-fuel engine, which could run on gasoline and ethanol as well. The Agile featured a five-speed manual fitted as standard, while an automated five-speed was on the options list.
The South American continent is a good market for General Motors.
Its Chevrolet brand is well perceived and has a good image there. That said, it has to sell affordable vehicles. This is the situation for the Chevrolet Agile. But GM’s image was not built on the Agile, a small car with a bigger car’s headlights and not enough engine choices.
The model is based on the Opel Corsa D platform but has different engines. It is powered by a 1.4-liter unit either with gasoline or flex-fuel. Flex-fuel is typical for some countries where ethanol is used instead of gasoline.
The 4.0-meter (13.1 ft) long car has 5 seats inside but, as expected, those in the rear are very cramped even for one adult. Its 2.5-meter (100 inches) long wheelbase just doesn’t feel right for a five-seat vehicle. It is, mainly, a city vehicle. It doesn’t have ABS and it has received a marvelous “totally unsafe” rating by the LatinNCAP after it’s been crash tested. It obtained zero stars for the adult passengers and two stars for children.
There are three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ, but the LS is not available in all the markets. The standard wheels were steel and only the LTZ could be equipped with light-alloy wheels.