The Sonic will replace the Aveo in GM’s lineup worldwide. Chevrolet Sonic will be available in both sedan and hatchback in 2011. We expect Chevrolet Sonic India launch in the second half of 2011 and though GM would surely like to up the prices, Toyota Etios should keep it honest.
The Chevy Sonic has strong character lines in its shape unlike the Aveo twins which are conservatively styled, which is a good thing. Further, to enforce the model’s uniqueness, GM has included chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts on all models and a range of large wheel sizes, including 17-inch alloys.
The U.S.-bound Sonic will be powered by Ecotec 1.4 litre turbo engine producing 138 hp (18 bhp more than Ford Fiesta) and 200 Nm @ 1,850 to 4,900 pm of maximum torque. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual. The same engine also powers the Chevrolet Cruze in a smaller and lighter package. GM has stated that the Sonic will also be powered by a standard Ecotec 1.8L engine paired with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
General Motor says that Corvette engineers tuned the Sonic’s ride and handling. The hardware is a competitive package in its class and consists of MacPherson struts at the front, Torsion beam at the rear. Electronic power steering is standard
The interiors of Sonic features a detailed instrument cluster featuring a large, round analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout, with a large digital speedometer display.
Other eye-catchy touches include the ‘cobra head’ design on the automatic shift knob and the tubular outboard climate outlets protruding from the instrument panel surface. The mid-instrument panel is available in dark titanium and brick colors. Front bucket seats are standard and heated front seats are available along with remote start and sunroof as optional features.
On the safety aspects, 10 standard airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response are equipped in the Chevrolet Sonic. Power-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes are standard, along with a four-channel antilock braking system.
Production of the Chevrolet Sonic begins later this year in Michigan. General Motor says that Chevy is the only company building a small car (Sonic) in the U.S. Chevrolet will offer the Sonic incorporated with start/stop technology to save fuel and will fight with strength against the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. Chevrolet Sonic will be produced at GM’s Orion Assembly Center in Michigan in 2011 and will be sold as Sonic in Canada, Mexico, United States while it will be launched as the next generation Aveo in more than 50 countries.
The success of the funky styled Chevrolet Beat and the dull sales of Aveo could support GM to launch the Sonic twins in India. However, as we reported earlier, GM India is planning to launch the Sail hatchback and sedans. Sail is the brand sold in China by GM-SAIC and this could probably be the next generation Aveo twins in Indian market.
However, rumors say that GM India could launch the Aveo/Sonic in the country powered by the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine. We can also expect the 1.4 -1.6 litre Ecotec petrol engines. Currently, Aveo in India is powered by 1.4-liter engine that runs on gasoline and CNG.