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Chevrolet’s Sonic compact car is getting some sporty new upgrades. Chevy is adding an RS badge to the Sonic, and all the features that go along with it.
Coming standard with the Sonic RS will be a 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine cranking out 138hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed transmission in either automatic or standard configuration will be standard with the RS. Along with the added horses, the RS will get lowered and stiffened suspension with performance tuned dampers, four wheel disc brakes and a sport tuned exhaust.
The RS package will feature some new paint and plastic to try and make the compact Sonic look the part of a sport tuned race car. A new grille and front facia, new fog light design, 17-inch rims, new mirror caps, rear facia and spoiler and even a chromed out exhaust will give the RS package the sports car look. To complete the look four new paint options will be included with the RS, they are Victory Red, Summit White, Cyber Grey Metallic and Black Granite.
The interior of the compact will be getting a few upgrades as well to complete the package. New front sport seats, a flat bottomed race inspired steering wheel, aluminium pedals, custom interior RS styling and a custom shift knob for the manual transmission. The Chevrolet MyLink system will also come standard which integrates smart phones with the cars infotainment system.
The Sonic RS should add some much needed get up and go to the compact car’s personality.
GALLERY: Chevy Sonic RS
GALLERY: Chevy Sonic RS- 2012 Detroit Auto Show
Before the Aveo’s name was changed to Sonic, Chevrolet had shown off an Aveo RS Concept variant at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. Now Chevrolet is ready to give the world a production Sonic RS model, set to debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
It’s unsure if the Sonic RS will make an appearance in both sedan and hatchback form, but we are pretty confident that at least one of them will hit the market as a 2013 model next year. Regardless, we have reason to believe that the Sonic RS production model will be similar to the Aveo RS Concept that was shown off last year. Chances are, it’ll be powered by a 1.4L inline-four Ecotec powerplant with 138-hp with some extra go-fast goodies. We expect GM to also add some suspension upgrades to the vehicle, in addition to offering 18- or 19-inch wheels and upgraded brakes and styling accessories.
It is expected that the Sonic RS will feature a six-speed manual transmission with a six-speed automatic available as an option.
GALLERY: Aveo (Sonic) RS Concept
[Source: Left Lane News]
Amid news of an introduction for both the Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Sonic RS at this year’s 2012 North American International Auto Show comes news of a third vehicle – a Buick crossover – that will also make its debut.
The crossover will reportedly be based on a platform that underpins the Opel Meriva (above) though it will ditch the minivan-look for a more traditional crossover bodystyle. The Meriva also shares a platform with the Chevrolet Sonic, though dimensions and powertrain choices have not been revealed. A small four-cylinder turbo with forced induction is a likely candidate. The Meriva is about 5 inches shorter than a Sonic, and it would be reasonable to expect GM to make the car larger to suit North American tastes.
[Source: Automotive News]