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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The 2012 Chevy Sonic is available as either a four-door sedan or five-door
hatchback. It can be equipped with either a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter
or a turbocharged 1.4-liter four
The standard 1.8-liter engine produces 138 horsepower (HP) and 125 foot
pounds of torque, and can be mated to either a five-speed manual or
six-speed automatic transmission. The turbo 1.4-liter also produces 138 HP but with 148
foot pounds of torque and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
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Generations have grown up trained to shop the import brands for a good
subcompact car. Sonic is out to make waves in the segment and change that
kind of thinking. Tom Voelk takes a look at a turbo LTZ model.
2011 Chevrolet Colorado Concept
Behold, the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado. Sort of. General Motors has
yanked back the sheets on what the company is calling a show truck at the
Bangkok International Motor Show. Despite the 'show' label, the mid-sizer
is poised to go on sale in Thailand later this year packing a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine, though there are no
firm details as to what we can expect in terms of either power or
efficiency. GM did say that the Colorado won't leave buyers lacking for
enough towing capacity, though. Odds are we can expect tricks like the
20-inch wheels and body-color tonneau cover to be nixed as the truck makes
its way closer to production.
Still, the vehicle is plenty sharp and looks to have the mechanical guts to
give the global Ford Ranger a run for its money. But will GM offer the
Colorado we see here in the States? That's a tough question. The automaker
has made it clear that the Shreveport, Louisiana plant that manufactures
the aging Colorado/GMC Canyon isn't long for this world, though we have
heard rumors that the automaker isn't planning on killing the pickup all
together. Here's hoping we'll see this truck or something similar in the
States sometime soon.
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Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec 2 at SEMA 2011
LAS VEGAS -- Chevrolet's small cars have a big presence at the 2011 SEMA
Show, with tricked-out Sonics and Cruzes showing off the personalization
possibilities for a new generation of performance enthusiasts.
Most of the show cars wear conceptual Z-Spec styling enhancements, which
are being evaluated for production. Z-Spec is a line of performance,
styling, and personalization accessories available at Chevy dealerships.
The Sonic went on sale this fall and the Cruze, while being in the U.S.
market for only about a year, has become Chevrolet's best-selling car and
the top-selling compact car in the United States calendar year to date.
Both cars offer available factory turbocharged powertrains -- with the Sonic
offering the only turbo engine in its
"The heritage of Chevrolet cars like the Corvette and Camaro is being expressed in
smaller packages for the next generation," said Chris Perry, vice
president, global marketing and strategy for Chevrolet. "The Sonic and
Cruze concepts demonstrate that performance comes in all shapes, sizes and
displacements at Chevrolet."
As the only factory turbocharged vehicle
in its class and aggressive design, Sonic is ideal for customization and
performance -- and that's exactly what the distinctive show cars
demonstrate at SEMA. Here's a quick look:
Sonic Z-Spec #1 -- Designers took a turbocharged Sonic five-door and dressed it with
concept Z-Spec accessories. They added Z-Spec ground effects, a spoiler,
unique grille and graphics package -- then finished it off with a Torch Red
exterior and Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels. Inside, the Cobalt Red cabin
features custom trim, including perforated black suede seat inserts, a
Z-Spec sport pedal kit, sport shift knob and a racing-style flat-bottom
steering wheel. Additional upgrades include performance brakes with
four-piston calipers, a new high-flow Exhaust system and performance suspension parts.
Sonic Z-Spec #2 -- The next Sonic concept -- in Flat White with Torch Red
accents -- builds on concept Z-Spec accessories with a more aggressive
ground effects package, unique grille, rear spoiler and graphics package.
It rides on Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels and also includes a re-trimmed
interior with Z-Spec sport pedal kit, Z-Spec sport shift knob and a
flat-bottom steering wheel. It also features custom racing seats with the
Z-Spec logo. The factory powertrain features the 1.4L turbo engine and six-speed manual transmission.
Performance upgrades include brakes with four-piston calipers, a high-flow
Exhaust system and suspension parts.
Sonic Z-Spec 4D Concept -- The more formal look of the Sonic sedan lends
itself to a touring car-style motif, which this Ashen Grey Metallic concept
picks up with concept Z-Spec ground effects, rear spoiler, grille,
"Chevrolet" graphics and larger Z-Spec concept 18-inch wheels. As with its
five-door counterparts, this Sonic features a re-trimmed interior -- in
Dark Titanium with Cobalt Red accents -- Z-Spec sport pedal kit, aluminum
sport shift knob and a flat-bottom steering wheel (trimmed with Cobalt Red
suede). The factory turbo 1.4L engine
and six-speed manual transmission are complemented by performance upgrades
that include four-piston caliper brakes, a high-flow Exhaust system and suspension parts.
Sonic Dusk -- The most subtle of the Sonic concepts is the Dusk. It
features a Berlin Blue exterior, with a mild concept ground effects
package, unique grille treatment and 18-inch concept wheels in dark Galvano
Silver. Even the lights are tinted blue for a sophisticated statement. The
Mojave leather interior has custom seat inserts, Z-Spec shift knob with
satin chrome trim, Z-Spec sport pedals and accessory interior trim kit. The
Sonic Dusk also features a suede-trimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel,
custom audio system and brake and suspension upgrades.
Chevrolet is keeping a few super-secret Sonics under wraps until the SEMA
show, each representing an even higher level of performance and
A pair of custom Cruze sedans demonstrates what is possible with conceptual
accessories and a little creativity.
Cruze Z-Spec -- Wearing concept Z-Spec ground effects, 18-inch custom
wheels, an accessory spoiler and a high-flow grille, the Cruze Z-Spec has
the looks and feel of a taut touring car. The exterior appearance of this
Cruze is enhanced with a new stripe package that will be available soon,
while on the inside are special seat inserts, a racing-style pedal kit,
accessory shift knob and interior trim, as well as a new steering wheel.
Cruze Dusk -- Complementing the Sonic Dusk concept, the Cruze Dusk suggests
a more subtle and sophisticated approach to personalization, including a
mild concept ground effects package, a unique grille treatment and
dark-tinted wheels. The interior has custom seat inserts, along with an
accessory shift knob, sport pedals, interior trim kit, a suede-trimmed
steering wheel and a custom audio system.
Chevrolet Sonic Z Spec Concept
A brief look at the Sonic Z Spec Concept on display at the NAIAS at
Detroit. Introduced at SEMA, the Sonic Z Spec Concept combines factory
Sonic parts and aftermarket upgrades. Brought to you by sports Car
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Groot zijn de aantallen niet voor Chevrolet in Nederland. Met de Cruze
hoopte het Koreaanse merk potten te kunnen breken in het C-segment, maar
daar is vooralsnog weinig van terecht gekomen. Het is nu de beurt aan de
Aveo om types als de Fiesta, Punto en Fabia te beconcurreren. Is hij tegen
de concurrentie opgewassen? We gaan rijden.
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 first look from Consumer Reports
General Motors makes up for lost ground with their pleasant and spunky new
subcompact. GM loaned Consumer Reports two versions of the Chevy Sonic so
our engineers could take a first look. Learn more about the Chevrolet Sonic
and other small cars on our website: http://bit.ly/kSwuc8
2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT Start Up and Review 1.4 L 4-Cylinder Turbo
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Powertrains: 1.8 L 4-Cylinder or 1.8 L 4-Cylinder turbo with 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed Automatic
Features: Bluetooth, OnStar, Cloth Seats, Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door
Locks, AM/FM/Satellite Stereo System, USB Port, AUX Input, A/C, Tilt and
Telescopic Steering Wheel
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 1.4 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS Inline 4
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 148 ft-lbs. @ 1850 rpm
horsepower 138 hp
@ 4900 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 36.1 ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Regular unleaded
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 12.2 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 305.0/402.6 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 25/33 mpg
BASIC 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
DRIVETRAIN 5 yr./ 100000 mi.
ROADSIDE 5 yr./ 100000 mi.
RUST 6 yr./ 100000 mi.
Competitors: Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the 2013 Sonic: Chevrolet is
starting to prove to other Japanese automakers that they are not messing
around anymore. This can be applied to the Sonic a car that was once a
cheap Aveo has now gone upmarket with much technology and a sporty
character that couldn't be said with the Aveo. Inside you will find it to
be very unique with a fun character on the interior and comfortable seats
as well as a futuristic touchscreen. The Aveo comes in a hatchback or a
sedan. All in all great car from Chevy, but can it handle the competition
from the hot selling Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. We think so.