Chevy Makes a Super-“Sonic” BOOM at the Detroit Auto Show
Lets start off the bat with the engine. Remember the Ecotec 1.4L turbo that is available on the Chevy Cruze? It’s back, this time in a smaller and lighter package with the Sonic’s 6-speed manual @138hp will ensure your ride to have a great sense of speed and performance. Standard with the Sonic comes the Ecotec 1.8L engine paired with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
It comes in a 5-door hatchback and, just unveiled in Detroit, a sedan variant. From the Press Release: “The sedan and five-door models are distinctively different. The five-door carries a tight, two-box shape with aggressive, diving feature lines, while the sedan’s “notchback” profile has a more upscale and mature presence. At first glance, the five-door model looks like a three-door hatch because the rear door handles are discreetly located in the “C”-pillar area. The rear of the five-door continues with unconventional details, including exposed, motorcycle-inspired rear taillamps.”
Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing comments, “The all-new Chevrolet Sonic blends the practicality of a small car with the passion for driving that Chevrolet vehicles like the Corvette are known for.” And, coincidentally, the engineers for the Corvette are responsible for the ride and handling on the Sonic.
And as a little extra bonus/fact. The Sonic is the only small car to be built-in America, its production will be starting later in 2011 at the General Motors Orion Assembly Center in Michigan.