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Old 01-10-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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2012 Chevy Sonic shown off as sedan and hatchback



General Motors has officially yanked back the sheets on the newest sub-compact from Chevrolet, the 2012 Sonic. Just don't call it the Aveo. The five-door hatch and four-door sedan are set to be officially unveiled later today at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, but the Bow Tie brand has been kind enough to share the skinny on this vehicle that's supposed to tango with the likes of the new Hyundai Elantra and the Ford Fiesta. The Sonic will be available with a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, though buyers can opt up for a turbocharged 1.4-liter producing 138 horsepower, which GM underscores is 18 ponies more than the Fiesta. Shifting duties are handled by either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

In fact, it's clear that The General had its sights locked on the Fiesta from the get go. The Sonic hatchback packs more back seat room than its Blue Oval competitor and, with the rear bench folded flat, delivers more cargo room, as well.

GM also put plenty of effort into the suspension by tasking the geometry gurus responsible for the Corvette's mighty grip. Up front, the Sonic benefits from a MacPherson strut design, while a torsion beam handles suspension duties out back.

There's also plenty design-wise to differentiate the Sonic from its homely predecessor, including a more aggressive front fascia with massive headlight arrays. Judging from the photos, the biggest changes are indoors, where a stylish cockpit replaces the bland, bargain plastics of the Aveo. Stay tuned for live photos from the show floor of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and hit the jump for the full press release.

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with some work that could look pretty mean on the streets.
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I normally cringe at anything GM related, but it's surprisingly difficult to find anything wrong with this concept. The hatchback is hideous in my opinion... buuuut the sedan looks very nice inside and out. It looks to be around the same size/weight/class as the Fiesta, but offers a little more horsepower and comes with a turbocharged option. Just sucks that no dual clutch transmission is offered. Still looks very tempting though. Going to have to keep my eye out on this...
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The hatch is a big fugly, but the sedan looks alright.
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Hope it comes in "Sonic Blue" lol
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Hey FORD! Make factory turbo available in the 2012 Fiesta! Hurry! Capture the "entry level" enthusiasts and you may keep 'em for life... OR just watch them (us) go to a competitor... like this Chevy
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Posted via FF Mobile Healthy competition. I'm anxiously awaitin Hyundai to reveal the Veloster, which I thought they were supposed to do today.
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Hey FORD! Make factory turbo available in the 2012 Fiesta! Hurry! Capture the "entry level" enthusiasts and you may keep 'em for life... OR just watch them (us) go to a competitor... like this Chevy


Posted via FF Mobile I couldn't agree more, but the 1.4l turbo 4 from chevy has not gotten much praise, unlike their 2.0l. The engine feels like it doesn't have a turbo at all, which isnt a good thing and the improvements you get over the NA don't justify the extra price you pay.
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the wheels are similiar as the one on the focus RS.
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You guys are kidding right? That thing is sooooo awkward! Hahahaha... the "Chevy" that got left in the dryer too long.
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