Chevrolet Unveils 'Sonic' Sub-Compact (2011 Detroit Auto Show)

Photo: Michael Graham Richard
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Chevrolet unveiled today a new small car that will be available in North-America under the 'Sonic' badge. It's a welcome addition to the truck-heavy GM lineup and an all-new version of a car that is sold as the Aveo in some places, but Chevrolet is trying to rebrand it completely as the Sonic, so don't mention the Aveo in their presence. The Av... Sonic will be available as a 2012 model in two different body configurations: a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatch (see photo below).
Photo: Michael Graham Richard

Photo: Michael Graham Richard

Photo: Michael Graham Richard

Photo: GM
Some Specifications and Features

  • Available efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine rated at an estimated 138 horsepower (103 kW) - 18 horsepower (14 kW) more than Ford Fiesta - that delivers competitive fuel economy. It's the same engine used in the Chevrolet Cruze in a smaller, lighter package for a greater feeling of performance

  • Standard Ecotec 1.8L engine paired with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions

  • Ecotec 1.4L turbo available with a six-speed manual transmission

  • Ride and handling tuned by Chevy Corvette engineers; standard electronic power steering and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing

  • Sedan model offers segment-best trunk capacity that is greater than most compact cars; hatchback and sedan offer better rear-seat roominess than Ford Fiesta. With a rear seat that folds nearly flat, the Sonic hatchback has greater cargo capacity than Fiesta

  • Connectivity includes OnStar with six months of Turn-by-Turn navigation. Available features include XM Satellite Radio, USB and Bluetooth functionality and MyChevrolet mobile application with OnStar MyLink vehicle connectivity

  • Remote start, heated front seats and sunroof, all rarities in the segment 

  • Comprehensive safety features include 10 standard air bags, antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.

Of course, they haven't revealed the MPG numbers yet... We'll probably have to wait until we're closer to launch to find that out, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Sonic did at least 40 MPG on the highway and in the low to mid 30s in the city.

Photo: GM

Photo: GM

Photo: GM

Production of the Sonic begins later in 2011 at the General Motors Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which received a $545-million investment in upgrades and retooling, and will help restore approximately 1,000 jobs in the metropolitan Detroit area.

No word on pricing yet.

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