The Chevrolet Sonic subcompact was designed to be fun to drive, and currently comes with two options for power, the 1.8-liter naturally aspirated version, and a turbo 1.4-liter.
With the new model year approaching, questions have been raised about whats next for the Sonic. John Buttermore, the lead development engineer says that while “For 2013, we do have some sportier versions coming,” he confirmed that “there is no SS in the works.” GM does plan to add a 6-speed automatic later in 2012 versus the original date for 2013.
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As for the sportier versions, Buttermore is referring to the Sonic Z-Spec Concept and accessories that debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show.
Refresher: The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is available in a sedan and hatchback variant. The standard engine on the 2012 Sonic is a 1.8L DOHC inline 4-cylinder unit making 135-hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, while an optional 138-hp 1.4L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder is also available. Prices start at $14,495 for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan ($15,395 for the Chevrolet Sonic LS Hatchback), which is powered by a 1.8L Ecotec making 128-hp. Prices top out at $17,295 for the LTZ Sedan and $17,995 for the LTZ Hatchback. Prices start at $14,495.
– By: Alexandra Koken