Chevrolet introduced the Chevy Sonic subcompact sedan/hatchback in 2012 to replace the Chevy Aveo subcompact car. The Sonic was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and was well received. It is based on the Gamma II global subcompact platform, which it is shares with other small GM cars like the Holden Barina, Chevrolet Spark, and Opel Karl. GM’s intention with the Chevy Sonic was to reestablish itself in the subcompact car market, and it worked. GM Korea led the development of the Sonic in collaboration with GM North America, Germany’s Opel, and Australia’s Holden.
The design work for the Chevy Sonic was done by Holden's designer Ondrej Koromhaz. Koromhaz drew his inspiration for the car’s exterior and interior designs from motorcycles. This explains the 1st-generation Sonic’s exposed headlights and its unique motorcycle-style gauge cluster and center console. To compliment this sporty demeanor, Chevrolet added a responsive electric power steering system and a well-balanced MacPherson strut front/semi-independent torsion beam axle suspension system. Under the hood, Chevrolet installed a standard 138-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gas engine paired to a 6-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. On the range-topping LTZ models, an optional 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-iter 4-cylinder gas engine was also made available, and it only pairs with a 6-speed manual transmission. This steering, suspension, and powertrain setup makes the Chevy Sonic more fun-to-drive than most similar-sized cars, especially when equipped with the 1.4-liter turbo engine.
The Chevy Sonic is available in several trim levels, namely the LS, LT, LTZ, and RS. The LTZ offers the most premium accessories, e.g. leatherette-trimmed seats, foglights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and a MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display. The performance-themed RS model adds sporty accessories like a rear spoiler, a body kit, and a sport-tuned suspension system. The Chevy Sonic also offers great value in safety features. For example, all its models feature 10 airbags, GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover sensing, an anti-lock brake system, an electronic brake force distribution system, a brake assist system, OnStar with Automatic Crash Response, a tire pressure monitoring system, and much more.
In 2016, the Sonic got a facelift that gave it a new, stylish front and rear fascia design and a new, dynamic gauge cluster design. The refreshed Sonic also got accessories like an optional power driver’s seat, an optional heated steering wheel, and optional Rear Park Assist sensors.
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