2012 Chevrolet Sonic Debuts at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

2011 Detroit Auto Show

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic @ 2011 Detroit Auto Show

    The world debut of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. | January 10, 2011

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2011 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Chevy's new Sonic will be offered as a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan.
  • The U.S.-built small car replaces the Aveo.
  • It offers a choice of normally aspired 1.8-liter and turbocharged 1.4-liter engines.

DETROIT — 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.

The Sonic compact shares its powertrains with the larger Chevy Cruze, including a standard 135-horsepower normally aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional 138-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four. The 1.8 can be paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, while the turbo 1.4 comes with a six-speed manual.

Standard features include electronic power steering, electronic stability control and 10 airbags. Among the options are remote start, heated front seats, a sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and a MyChevrolet smartphone app with OnStar MyLink vehicle connectivity.

Edmunds.com says: A slinkier shape and a sexier name for the new baby Chevy. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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