GM plans to offer Chevrolet Sonic-based EV

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2014

General Motors is intending to offer a new Chevrolet electric model in addition to its green-vehicle lineup that already includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar, GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed during a presentation to investors.

Two people privy with the carmaker’s plans told Automotive News that the Detroit-based company is currently working on an electric vehicle derived from the current version of the Sonic subcompact.

The said EV would be able to travel around 200 miles on a single charge and would be rolled out sometime in 2017, the sources disclosed.  In 2013, former GM chief executive Dan Akerson remarked that the carmaker was working on a car that would be able to have a range of about 200 miles.

GM is currently selling the Spark EV in two states -- Oregon and California – noting that people were wishing that the carmaker would sell the model “all around the country," Reuss said. The US carmaker is planning to roll out the next-generation Volt late next year or early 2016.

It posted a 13-percent drop in sales of the Volt in the first nine months of 2014 to 14,540 units.

Chevrolet Sonic sedan and five-door models express firmness, power and sophistication in all areas. The vehicle’s raked up body lines convey motion even when it is static. A wide, planted stance, with wheels-at-the-corners proportions, suggests performance.

A combination of bold styling and global design cues makes the car unmistakably Chevrolet. The bold cues include motorcycle-inspired round headlamps and fender flares while its global design cues include round tail lamps and a dual-element grill. The bonnet’s front edge creates a character line at the top of the headlamps. This character line runs in a smooth side profile. The car’s side profile is characterized by a high beltline, a continuous body side lines and a low roofline. In addition, it has side mirrors that carry a similar shape as the car and seemingly disappear into the profile.

The five-door conveys a taut, two-box figure with bold, diving feature lines, while the sedan's "notchback" silhouette has a more upscale and mature presence. The rear of the five-door continues with eccentric details. The details include visible, motorcycle-inspired rear tail lamps. At first look, the five-door model appears like a three-door hatch because the rear door handles are subtly situated in the "C"-pillar area. These features and characteristics make the Chevrolet Sonic sedan and five-door models distinct from each other.

Matte black honeycomb grill inserts and Chrome grill surrounds on all models are details that emphasize the sedan model’s quality and attention to detail. In addition, a variant of large wheel sizes underlines its athletic character. The variants of wheel sizes include 17-inch alloy wheels.

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