General Motors seems intent on banishing all memories of the unloved Aveo -- so much so that it's gone and renamed its entry-level fighter in the States. While we're still not 100-percent in love with the name (we can't get visions of spiky-haired hedgehogs out of our heads...), all three flavors of the Sonic do appear to be vastly improved over the machine they replace, though one of them, the Z Spec, is still in the concept stage.
More than anything else, they look vastly better both inside and out, but until we get a stint behind the wheel we'll hold off final judgment. According to Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, "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." That won't be the only time you'll ever hear someone mention the Sonic in the same sentence as the Corvette. In fact, Chevy tells us that Corvette engineers are responsible for the ride and handling of the sub-compact.
The Sonic will be available in both sedan and hatchback bodystyles and with either a 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic, or a 1.4-liter turbocharged mill with 138 horsepower that's hooked to either an automatic or manual with six forward ratios. For those keeping track, these are the same engines available in the slightly larger Cruze. You'll also get a gauge cluster inspired by motorcycles, OnStar connectivity, 10 airbags and plenty more
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Detroit 2011: Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec Concept Review
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Having already released full details and photos of the Sonic Hatchback and
Sedan earlier in the day, when it came time for the big reveal at the
Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet rolled out a third model as well -- the
Z-Spec. While only a concept, it does give a glimpse at a possible in-house
tuning arm for the bowtie brand's small car line.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ 4DR Start Up, Exterior/ Interior Review
Welcome everyone to the all new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ in 4 door sedan
It's been in the works for awhile now, as a replacement to the tired Aveo.
On that front, it now sport multiple futuristic design cues, and all new
features. Many of these highly unique aspects are explained throughout this
complete review of the vehicle.
This review consists of explaining many unique features and aspects of the
overall car, complete with a demonstration of the engine, through the start
up process, which in this case does include a remote start demonstration.
This video is designed to educate potential buyers and enthusiasts alike on
one of many new vehicles on the market today.
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
A show car version of the new Cruze hatchback will be Chevrolet's star
attraction at this year's edition of the Paris motorshow, which kicks off
on September 30. Even though GM uses the term 'show car', the five-door
hatchback version of the Cruze is virtually production ready minus some
show-floor bling such as the blue hue on the headlamps, big wheels and the
LED daytime running lights.
While keeping the front end and taut body lines of the sedan model, the
refreshingly stylish hatch comes with a sweeping coupe-like roofline and a
unique rear end treatment. GM has not yet issued any photos of the cabin,
but don't expect any changes over the four-door saloon.
According to the automaker, cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close
to 400 liters and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.
The available engine range will most likely be identical to the sedan that
is currently offered in Europe with two petrol engines, a 113HP 1.6-liter
and a 141HP 1.8-liter, plus a 123HP 2.0-liter turbo diesel.
The new Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with
prices announced nearer the launch date. More markets will get the car
shortly after, though GM has not said if North America will be one of them.
Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe,
beleives the addition of a hatchback version to the range will further
bolster the car's sales.
"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets," said Brannon. "The total
compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over
a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of
that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of
regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious
mainstream player in Europe."
The Cruze hatch is one of four world Chevrolet premieres at the Paris show
and will join the new Orlando MPV, Captiva SUV facelift and the new Aveo.
Chevy Sonic | XRide | Episode 1
In May 2011, the Chevy engineers who designed the new 2012 Sonic took the
car out for an extreme real-world road test from Colorado to California.
See firsthand how it feels to see a car go from a blank piece of paper to
full production and then drive it from summit to sea.