2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo gets a six-speed automatic transmission

Article by Christian A., on March 24, 2012

Those who drive automatics can now experience the increased torque of turbocharging as the Chevrolet Sonic's fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine is now offered with either manual or automatic transmission. Jim Danahy, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North American small cars, said that offering the option of a turbocharged engine to its Chevy customers who drive automatics means that all of its consumers can know how thrilling it is to drive a car with a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant.

He said that when the engine is used in either the Sonic or Cruze, the fuel economy is improved without compromising power or performance.

According to independent AMCI testing, Sonic's Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission enable the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. This makes it faster than the comparable 2012 Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent. The Sonic with the turbo-automatic combination sprinted from a standstill to 60 in around eight seconds.

Bob Benedict, assistant chief engineer for the Ecotec 1.4L engine, said that turbocharging typically is meant to boost engine performance but now, it also enhances fuel economy. He added that the turbocharger offers high-pressure airflow for high torque for a more enjoyable driving experience and with a better fuel efficiency rate.

The 2012 Chevy Sonic Ecotec 1.4L turbo six-speed automatic returns an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg in the city. Meanwhile, the manual gets 40 mpg on the highway and 29 in the city. For more details about the all-new Sonic, please go to the Chevy Sonic Facebook page, be a follower on Twitter at @ChevyLife or visit letsdothis.com.

Chevrolet Sonic five-door and sedan models express stability, strength, and refinement in every angle. It boasts a wide and planted stance and wheels-at-the-corners proportions, both of which convey outstanding performance. The Sonic also has progressive raked body lines that communicate movement even if the car is not running.

Moreover, the car features aggressive cues (motorcycle-inspired round headlamps and fender flares), which blend together with global design cues (round taillamps and dual-element grille) to come up with a design that is instantly recognizable as that of a Chevrolet. Additionally, the hood’s leading edge forms a character line atop the headlamps that flows in an elegant side profile. This side profile, in turn, is characterized by continuous body side lines, a low roofline, and a high beltline. Meanwhile, the side mirrors, which showcase a shape similar to the car, seemingly disappear into its profile.

The 5-door model and the sedan model are distinctively different from each other. The 5-door boasts a tight, two-box shape as well as aggressive diving feature lines. The sedan, on the other hand, has a "notchback" profile with a more mature and upscale presence. At initial glance, the 5-door version looks like a 3-door hatch because of its rear door handles, which are positioned discreetly at the "C"-pillar area. Also, the 5-door’s rear continues with untraditional details, including exposed, motorcycle-like rear taillamps.

Additionally, the Chevrolet Sonic's attention to detail and quality are reinforced by elements like honeycomb grille inserts in matte black and chrome grille surrounds on all models. Reinforcing the car’s sporty mood is a range of big wheel sizes, including the 17” alloy wheels.

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Chevy Sonic Turbo Now Available with Six-Speed Automatic

The Chevrolet Sonic’s fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine will now be available in either manual or automatic transmission, bringing the increased torque of turbocharging to drivers of automatics.

“Providing the option of a turbocharged engine to our non-stick driving Chevy customers allows us to offer everyone the thrill and power of a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant,” said Jim Danahy, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North American small cars. “Both in the Sonic and Cruze, the engine enables better fuel economy without sacrificing power or performance. It’s really a winning combination.”

Sonic’s Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission achieved a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds, according to independent AMCI testing – faster than the comparable 2012 Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent. The Sonic with the turbo-automatic combination went from 0 to 60 in about eight seconds.

“Traditionally, turbocharging was used to enhance the performance of engines, but today it is as much about fuel economy as a 0-to-60 time,” said Bob Benedict, assistant chief engineer for the Ecotec 1.4L engine. “The turbocharger provides high-pressure airflow for high torque to boost the vehicle and give the driver a fun driving experience with improved fuel efficiency.”

The 2012 Chevy Sonic Ecotec 1.4L turbo six-speed automatic delivers an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg in the city, while the manual gets 40 mpg on the highway and 29 in the city.

To learn more about the all-new Sonic, visit the Chevy Sonic Facebook page; follow on Twitter at @ChevyLife or check out letsdothis.com.

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