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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

After some preliminary info, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has been officially revealed, both in sedan and hatchback configurations. It will go up against the Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai Elantra once it will be available at dealerships. In comparison with the Blue Oval model, the Sonic offers more room for the backseat passengers and also more cargo room thanks to its rear bench folded flat design. The production of the Sonic will begin later this year at GM’s Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, USA.

Design-wise, the new model is quite different from the Aveo predecessor as now it has a more aggressive front look with generous headlight arrays. Inside the car will get better materials in comparison to the cheap materials you find in the outgoing model. The “Aveo” badge will still be carried for the European-spec model.

One of the engines available for the new model from Chevrolet includes the efficient 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec capable of outputting 138 hp (103 kW), which is 18 hp (14 kW) more than the Ford Fiesta. According to the press release, it is the same power unit used on the Chevrolet Cruze in a lighter and smaller package. The engine is linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Some of the most important features of this Ecotec engine includes the electronically controlled thermostat, the variable-flow oil pump, chain-driven cams, piston-cooling oil jets and integrated oil cooler, roller-finger camshaft followers, dual overhead camshafts with VVT – variable valve timing and low-mass hollow-frame cast iron block. As standard, the car is fitted with an Ecotec 1.8-liter engine that is paired with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

The car features as standard electronic power steering as well as StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing technology. As far as connectivity is concerned, the Sonic pack 6-months Turn-by-Turn navigation, USB, Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio as well as MyChevrolet mobile application with OnStar MyLink car connectivity. A few goodies that you won’t see in many cars from this segment are the heated front seats, sunroof and remote start. Safety features consist of 10 airbags, electronic brake force distribution as well as brake assist with the Automatic Crash Response.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Interior Look

Inside the car you will find a detailed instrument cluster that has a round analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout featuring a digital speedometer display. The tubular outboard climate outlets of the Sonic protrude from the instrument panel surface and the automatic shift knob features a “cobra head” look and for the cars fitted with manual transmission, the car has a chrome-finished knob.

All of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models are offered with a MacPherson suspension in the front with a stabilizer bar and coil springs while in the back; the car is fitted with a semi-independent, torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension that features a tubular robust “V”-shaped beam that has gas-chocked shocks. The car features power-assisted front disc brakes and drum brakes in the back. The four-channel ABS and the electronic power steering round up the safety features of the car. The Sonic is available with a rich array of rim sizes, including 17-inch wheels with sport tires.

No pricing details have been revealed for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic.


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