2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan was the result of proportional thinking

Article by Anita Panait, on January 26, 2012

2012 Chevrolet Sonic sedan was a result of proportional thinking, literally. Ken Parkinson, executive director for GM design and Chevrolet brand champion, revealed that during the design process, they were comparing the Sonic sedan with its same-length hatchback sibling and felt that the former did not feel proportionally right. 

So they decided to “add a little bit more on the rear length, pull the car together again and step back, and all of a sudden it felt really good,” Parkinson said.

The result was a Sonic sedan that’s 14.1 inches longer than the Sonic hatchback. General Motors had originally planned only to make the Sonic a little longer to create “an appropriate amount of cargo space under the rear decklid,” Parkinson revealed.

Executive director remarked that due to the new longer design, they encountered issues with engineering and manufacturing. However, the design prevailed since the sedan still met targets it needs to meet. When the first Sonic sedan went out the assembly lines, it had good proportions and a trunk that is around the same size as the larger Chevy Cruze.

New Chevrolet Sonic comes in both 5-door and sedan variants. As expected, Chevrolet’s strength, stability and refinement are expressed in each new design. However, the new Sonic shows a performance like we’ve never seen yet judging from its impressive wheels-out-stance. Additionally, it has curves and flowing lines that indicate “motion” on the surface even while the car isn’t moving.

Sonic can be spotted in a crowded street with its “uniquely Chevrolet” design cues. These are the highly aggressive fenders, round headlamps and of course, the Chevy’s dual element grille design. The new Chevrolet Sonic is also characterised by its lowered roof, raised beltline and seamless lines flowing on both sides that virtually allow the side mirrors to escape from the view.

The two models are different in some aspects particularly with the sedan’s more upscale and elegant design as compared with the 5-door’s more aggressive features. In most cases, the 5- door could be mistaken for a typical 3-door hatch since the door handles at the rear are instead placed along the C-pillars. It is also characterised by a pair of protruding motorcycle taillights continuing its unique and modern design approach all the way to the back.

New Sonic comes with the new 17-inch alloy wheels, large wheel sizes and matte black honeycomb grille inserts. Motorcycle motif is also applied on the cabin design featuring digital speedo, LCD display and circular analogue tachometer all laid out on basically what looks like a motorcycle’s instrument panel.

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