GM preparing new Buick crossover, two Chevrolet concepts for the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 8, 2011

In an interview with the Automotive Press Association, Mary Barra (General Motors’ Senior Vice President of Global Product Development) revealed plans to present four concept or production vehicles at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month. Barra said that these models include the production Cadillac ATS, which will start selling in late summer of next year.

However, no confirmation has been made on what the other three models are.

A source said that there will be a global production mid-size crossover that’s built on the platform used by the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox. It takes design hints from the Buick Envision Concept.

A production version of the Chevrolet Aveo RS Concept is also expected to debut in Detroit. This model was first seen last year at the same show. This production model will have the Sonic RS badge. The fourth model is believed to be a pair of new Chevrolet concepts that were developed by GM’s design center in North Hollywood, California.

In 2010, Chevrolet introduced a highly aggressive concept vehicle in Detroit. In less than three years, the same model led to the creation of the new Sonic RS. In short, the new 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS bears the same advanced features shown in the previous concept.

The bolder attitude and performance spirit as John Mack describes it, are seen in every point and angle. Clearly, the director of design is pleased with Sonic RS’ new performance statement. After all, it is intended to bring Chevrolet’s legacy to the new era.

Just as we’re expecting, most of the design cues from the concept made it to the new production model. The new vertical air intakes and foglights at the lower fascia are highly visible in the new Sonic. It also bears the wide lower profile with its unique deep air dam design.

There are four colour varieties for the new Sonic, including the Black Granite Metallic for the new 2013 model. Other colours available come in Cyber Grey (metallic), Summit White and Victory Red.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Sonic RS interiors have all the qualities of a high performance vehicle. Chevrolet’s design director has come up with an exclusive RS interior trim colour for its door trim inserts and also for the instrument panel. The instrument panel has the newly designed cluster graphics showing the most significant information. Other than these, the new Sonic RS has the latest aluminium sport pedals, manual transmission shifter knob, racing inspired sport steering wheel with flat bottom and thicker rim as well as the new sport seats at the front.

At the end, Mack once again stressed the significance of a true performance car on both the exterior and interior aspects of the new model. In fact, the new Sonic RS has all the elements that would appeal to everyone most especially to those who know how to appreciate even the minor details. These are things such as the firm seats with lateral support or even the flat bottom steering wheel that makes a big difference in your overall driving performance.

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