With the current generation Sonic sedan and hatchback receiving accolades and praise from both consumers and the media, Chevrolet has unveiled the first major update for the car which aims to maintain its impressive sales momentum.
Both the sedan and the hatchback benefit from new exterior styling that updates the front and rear fascias with cues borrowed from the Camaro, Trax, Bolt, and Cruze. While the end result is a bit of a mixed bag, it is aimed at youthful buyers and even features chrome trim around the front grilles.The reshaped hood compliments the sleek headlights which now feature standard projector lenses with LED daytime running lights appearing on higher trims. All new 15, 16, and 17-inch wheel designs also help spice things up as well as the new paint choices: Brimstone, Orange Burst Metallic, Cajun Red Tintcoat, and Arctic Blue Metallic.
The Sonic’s interior has also benefited from its own suite of updates, and now incorporates an all new gauge cluster which features an analog speedometer to replace the clunky digital unit. Other upgrades include a seven-inch infotainment system, keyless entry, heated steering wheel, and optional heated cloth seats. Like other recently updated Chevy offerings, the 2017 Sonic will also come with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Chevrolet is also resurrecting the RS trim to help bring a dash of sportiness to the car. Like before, the RS features performance themed features such as a flat bottomed steering wheel, piano black trim, as well as optional red cloth seating. Unfortunately it also still does not bring an increase in power to the car (a gripe among enthusiasts) and like before serves as more of a styling package than an all out performance suite. Performance hardware largely carries over from the existing model with buyers having the choice of either a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine, or a zestier 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder. Both boast 138 horsepower, but the turbo four brings 148 lb-ft of twist which is a noticeable improvement over the standard car.
Chevrolet did not announce the official pricing for the 2017 Sonic or when it plans to formally launch it but look for those details and more to be revealed at its debut next week at the New York Auto Show.