Jan 28, 2011


The Sonic hatchback is aimed primarily at European and Asian markets, although it will go on sale in North America with a Sonic badge. A United States and Canada-oriented Sonic sedan will debut at a North American auto show later this season. Hit read more for details.

Based heavily on the Aveo RS concept that debuted back in January at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the production Sonic hatchback eschews the outgoing car’s humble style for a more aggressive front fascia and a notably more angular side profile.
Chevrolet says the Sonic’s styling was heavily influenced by motorcycles, with clear ties to two wheelers in the car’s headlight and instrument panel. “High quality materials” are apparently on offer, as well as Bluetooth, a USB hook up and an auxiliary input jack.
The North American version of the Sonic will come standard with a 1.8L engine backed by either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. A 138 horsepower 1.4L turbocharged engine will also be on offer, with buyers having the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Given the Sonic weighs about 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Cruze, it should offer above average performance.
A higher-performance model based on the Aveo RS show car is still likely to debut in the future.

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