The phased introduction of the Sonic, the exciting new small car from Chevrolet began with deliveries to customers of 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre Sonic Hatch derivatives in December 2011. That initial range of just two models is now extended to offer a choice of six models, all to LS trim level, but with a 1.3 litre diesel engine option for the Sonic hatch range and three new Sonic Sedan models all petrol powered.
These are a 1.4 LS, a 1.6 LS and a 1.6 LS Automatic, this last variant featuring a first for Chevrolet with the introduction of a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission in the small car segment.
This first new product from Chevrolet based on GM’s ‘Gamma’ new global front wheel drive passenger car architecture, the Sonic Hatch and Sedan offer not only a high level of quality – aimed at achieving best-in-segment standards – and exciting interior and exterior styling, but also a high level of comfort and safety specifications.
The Sonic Hatch and Sedan 1.4 LS are powered by Chevrolet’s new generation 1.4 litre four-cylinder double overhead camshaft engine with variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust camshafts for an excellent balance between performance and economy. This engine produces 74kW @ 6000 r/min with maximum torque of 130Nm @ 4000 r/min. The combined cycle fuel economy measured by Chevrolet engineers for this model is just 5,8 l/100km.
The larger engine Sonic Hatch and Sedan 1.6 LS also feature a new generation four-cylinder engine from Chevrolet, again, a 16-valve, dual overhead camshaft engine with variable valve timing for both inlet and exhaust. Maximum power for this engine is 85kW @ 6000 r/min with peak torque of 155Nm delivered at 4000 r/min. The combined cycle for this model, again as measured by Chevrolet engineers, is 6,5 l/100km.
The diesel engine option for the Sonic Hatch offers the latest in common rail turbocharged diesel engine technology with electronic control and variable vane turbo. Maximum power is 70kW @ 4000 r/min and peak torque is 210 Nm @ 1750 r/min. Fuel consumption is a miserly and hard to beat average of a little over 4,5l/100km.
All models across the Sonic Hatch and Sedan variants share a common LS specification level that offers an exceptional value proposition. This standard specification includes:
- Alloy wheels fitted with 195/65 R15 tyres (a full size spare wheel is provided)
- Power steering
- Height and reach adjustable steering column
- Air conditioner
- Power winders for the front windows
- Heated rear windscreen
- Power operated side mirrors with foldaway and heating functions
- Tinted windows
- Height adjustable driver’s seat
- Floor mounted console with cup holders
- Sunglass holder
- Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
- RDS radio with front loading CD and MP3/Aux input, and 4 speakers
- Onboard computer
- ABS brakes with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
- Front and side airbags for driver and front seat passenger
- Passenger airbag de-activation switch
- ISOFIX child seat attachments
- Smart seat belt reminder for the driver
- Front fog lamps
- Remote central locking
- Anti-theft alarm immobiliser
The Chevrolet Sonic is covered by a 5 year/ 120 000 kilometre warranty with roadside assistance for the full warranty period. The anti-corrosion warranty provides cover for 5 years with no limit on kilometres driven.
Service intervals are 15 000 kilometres or 1 year. A 3 year/60 000 kilometre Service Plan is included in the price.
Available options include an upgrade to the sound system that includes 6 speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite steering wheel mounted audio controls. Cruise control is also available as a factory fitted option.