Called the Aveo in Singapore’s context, the Sonic will be available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. Both body styles feature an aggressive front fascia, bulging fender flares, resembling the Mitsubishi Lancer. Inside, the cabin boasts a Spark-inspired cockpit with a two-tone design and class-leading spacious rear seat. The car will be available with options such as USB/Bluetooth connectivity, remote start, heated front seats and a sunroof.
In terms of powerplants, the entry-level 1.8-liter produces 135 hp and 168 Nm of torque, while the turbocharged 1.4-liter churns out 138 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The 1.8-liter can be mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, while the turbocharged 1.4-liter is connected exclusively to a six-speed manual. I hope that a 1.4L turbo mated with the six-speed automatic will be available some time down the road.
To ensure the car’s handling capability, Chevrolet installed a MacPherson strut front suspension (with stabilizer bar) and a semi-independent torsion beam rear. However, it is disappointing that the rear wheels are fitted with drum brakes instead of disc brakes.
The new Sonic (Aveo) will compete in the segment currently dominated by the superminis such as Polo, Fabia, Fit and Mazda 2.