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 |  Jun 17 2011, 12:58 PM

General Motors has officially announced pricing for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The sedan has been priced to start at $14,495 and the five-door model will start at $15,395.

At that price, the Sonic will come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 138-hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The car will also come equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, 10 airbags, remote keyless entry and power locks. The automatic transmission will cost $1,070 more. A second engine option featuring a fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission will cost $700, and is part of the pricier LT and LTZ trims.

The Sonic’s rivals include the Ford Fiesta S sedan retailing at $13,995 and the Honda Fit hatchback will cost $15,870. The Toyota Yaris is also competing costing 13,915 and the cheapest of the pack is the Nissan Versa costing just $10,750.

Check out our first drive of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Gallery: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

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 |  Apr 15 2011, 7:13 AM

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After first showcasing a line of Z-Spec accessories at the SEMA Show last year, Chevrolet has now announced it will move the new in-house aftermarkets parts lineup from concept to reality, debuting the first items on the new Sonic sub-compact.

Available parts include a new ground effects kit, exhaust tip, roof spoiler, mirror caps, grille surrounds and available 16- and 17-inch wheels. And of course there’s a tacky graphics package as well. Interior items are limited to aluminum sport pedals and sill plates, although GM has said more parts will be available in the near future.

Items will be available individually or as a complete package through dealers.

The Z-Spec line is intended to draw in younger buyers to the brand’s new Sonic sub-compact (a replacement for the Aveo), while also capitalizing on a market where individuality is something customers will pay for. The plan is similar to what Scion has done to attract younger buyers.

Revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this year, the Sonic is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and is expected to get 40-mpg on the highway.

Chevy will display several customized Sonic models at the NY Auto Show starting on April 20th. See AutoGuide’s coverage here for all the photos.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec

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