Chevrolet has just revealed its all-new 2012 Chevy Sonic at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. The company said it is offering the Sonic in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a sporty five-door.
When it comes to the design of the new vehicle, the aggressive cues, including fender flares and motorcycle-inspired round headlamps, are blended with global design cues. The leading edge of the hood forms a character line above the headlamps and the side mirrors carry the same shape as the car and seemingly disappear into the profile.
Inside the cabin of the all-new Sonic you can find a detailed instrument cluster that features a large, round analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout, with a large digital speedometer display. The interior also include storage compartments in the center stack and doors, rear seats fold flat for carrying larger items.
The American auto maker revealed that it will power all the Sonic models with efficient, power-dense, small-displacement engines, including the Ecotec 1.4 liter turbo and the Ecotec 1.8 liter, that are now also seen on the new Chevrolet Cruze. The company said that with the 1.8 liter engine, three transmissions that include a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic are available, while only a six-speed manual transmission is available with the 1.4 liter turbo engine.
The Ecotec 1.4 liter turbo can generate a power of about 138 hp and a torque of 148 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The naturally aspirated Ecotec 1.8 liter engine is expected to generate a power of 135 hp and a torque of 123 lb.-ft.
Chevrolet plans to begin the production of the Sonic later in 2011 at the General Motors Orion Assembly Center in Michigan.