One of the most fuel-efficient small cars currently available in the market is the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. It is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, which offers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual transmission and city fuel economy of 29 mpg. With these highway ratings, the Sonic is comparable to the 2012 Ford Fiesta SFE and the 2012 Hyundai Accent. The Sonic is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
Joaquin Nuño-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer, said, “Sonic changes the sub-compact stereotype and puts an end to the term ‘econobox.’”
He added that the 1.4L turbo makes for a “ridiculously fun car” that’s safe and also leads to fuel savings. The Sonic is the only sub-compact car that’s presently produced in the U.S. It entered production just this summer in Lake Orion, Mich., at GM’s Orion Assembly plant.
The 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine in the Sonic is SAE certified to deliver 138hp (103 kW) – approximately 18hp (14 kW) higher than the Ford Fiesta. Basically, it’s the same engine used in the Chevrolet Cruze but it comes in a smaller, lighter package intended for a better performance. Its turbo engine has a rating of 148 ft.-lbs. (200 Nm) of torque between 2,500 and 4,900 rpm. Like other turbocharged engines, it has a wide rpm range for the maximum torque. This results to an improved driving experience and performance.
The North American International Show 2011 has just unveiled Chevrolet Sonic’s 2012 model. The latest entry in the compact segment is none other than the sporty 5-door series and the four-door sedan in stylish new design. Both models of the new Chevrolet Sonic offer a wide array of features for a better overall driving experience.
Chris Perry, (Chevrolet’s VP for Marketing) likewise said that the new Sonic has integrated the elements of a Corvette into a practical, everyday compact vehicle. Basically, the new model combines functionality, creative design and driving dynamics to make it fun yet strong enough to be taken seriously by its competitors.
Meanwhile, Chevrolet’s VP for Marketing also clarified that GM is the only car company that builds small cars in the US at this time. They also believe that the new Sonic will bring value, performance and style that would change the way Americans think about small cars in general.
The signature round taillights, headlamps, fender flares and dual element grille at the front are all in the new Chevrolet Sonic. Apparently, the shape of the new side mirrors blends perfectly with the car’s overall exterior profile. On the other hand, the low roofline, high beltline and continuous lines at the sides all the more enhance the car’s amazing new design.
Meanwhile, the raked bodyline at the exterior implies non-stop movement while the epic proportions at the wheels stance displays outstanding performance. By all means, the two new line-ups demonstrate elegance, stability and strength that are rarely seen in a small car segment.
The production of new Chevrolet Sonic will begin later this year. The new $545 million investment project is also said to generate at least 1000 jobs in Detroit. Production will take place at the General Motors Orion Assembly Centre in Michigan.