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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

By luanpa in | January 19, 2011 | (3) Comments

Chevrolet has officially unveiled the new 2012 Sonic , the small hatchback and sedan that will be assembled later this year in Michigan and will replace the Aveo in North America.

Chevrolet Sonic models are powered by efficient, power-dense, small-displacement engines, including the Ecotec 1.4L turbo and the Ecotec 1.8L – the same engines used in the new Chevrolet Cruze .Three transmissions are available: a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic with the 1.8L and a six-speed manual with the 1.4L turbo.

The Ecotec 1.4L turbo’s power ratings are estimated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft.of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm.The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps the engine deliver a better driving experience and performance.Premium design elements give the engine world-class smoothness and durability.The naturally aspirated Ecotec 1.8L engine has many of the same features of the Ecotec 1.4L turbo.It is a compact and durable four-cylinder engine designed for low maintenance, low emissions and fuel efficiency.Its two-stage variable intake manifold allows approximately 90 percent of peak torque to be available from 2,400 rpm to 6,500 rpm.It is estimated at 135 horsepower (101 kW), along with 123 lb.-ft.of torque (167 Nm) at 3,800 rpm.

As for the interior, the Sonic’s cabin will feature a Spark -inspired cockpit that comes with a two-tone design and class-leading spacious rear seat.There will also be a remote start, heated front seats, and a sunroof, along with comprehensive safety features that include 10 standard air bags, antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.

The new Sonic’s interior will also boast of a mid-instrument panel surface that’s available in two colors – dark titanium and brick – an automatic shift knob with a “cobra head” design,” a tubular outboard climate outlets protrude from the instrument panel surface, rear seats that fold flat for carrying larger items, and a number of other options, including USB/Bluetooth connectivity.

The Chevrolet Sonic is offered in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a sporty five-door.Each delivers class-leading rear-seat roominess and cargo space.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.Details that reinforce Chevrolet Sonic’s quality and attention to detail include chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts on all models, while a range of large wheel sizes, including 17-inch alloy wheels, reinforces its sporty demeanor.

Production of the Chevrolet Sonic begins later in 2011 at the General Motors Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which received a $545-million investment in upgrades and retooling, and will help restore approximately 1,000 jobs in the metropolitan Detroit area.

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3 responses to "2012 Chevrolet Sonic"

  1. Emily says:

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  2. Flaming Lee says:

    I have always believed that Chevrolet is very very serious about safety.I used to own Chevrolet Spark in the past and I can tell you that this car makes you extremely safe when you driving it.very fantastic car launched by Chevrolet… I really appreciate for this car…Sweet looking ride!!

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