At last, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS was revealed today and will make its world debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January. Set to go on sale in late 2012, the new Sonic RS is powered by an 1.4-liter turbo engine developing 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
As expected, a six-speed automatic transmission will be available as an option. According to GM, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS will be offered exclusively in the five-door body style, and will offer the exclusive Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system as standard.
Some of the exterior features of the 2013 Sonic RS include: New front fascia with new fog lamp design; New RS-specific grille; New rear fascia; New rear spoiler; New rocker moldings; Unique mirror cap finish; Retuned sport exhaust with chrome outlet; Unique 17-inch five-spoke wheel design; Lowered and stiffened suspension with performance-tuned dampers; RS badging.
Regarding the interior, the Sonic RS comes with new front sport seats, a new steering wheel with thicker rim and racing-inspired flat-bottom design, a new shifter knob for the manual transmission, new aluminum sport pedals, specific instrument panel cluster graphics and RS-specific interior trim color for the instrument panel and door trim inserts.
Moreover, the 2013 Sonic RS comes with a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and a semi-independent, torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension. The front and rear tracks are identical at 59.4 inches (1,509 mm), for well-planted stability and balance.
The overall styling of the new Chevrolet Sonic exudes not only strength but also stability and refinement. Its wheels-at-the-corners proportions as well as well as its wide and planted stance exude hints of its top performance capabilities.
On the other hand, its body lines make it seem the Sonic is on the move even when it is stationary. A number of global design cues -- like Chevrolet’s dual-element grille and round taillamps – are perfectly harmonized with aggressive design cues such as fender flares and motorcycle-inspired round headlamps. Just above the headlamps is a character line formed by the leading edge of the hood, flowing in a sleek side profile marked by smooth body side lines, a low roofline and a high beltline.
The Sonic also features side mirrors – shaped like the car itself – that seemingly disappear into the profile. Chevrolet is offering the new Sonic in sedan and five-door models. To distinguish the models, the sedan is provided with a "notchback" profile with a more upscale and mature presence while the five-door version comes with a two-box shape laden with aggressive, diving feature lines. Since the five-door Sonic features rear door handles inconspicuously placed in the "C"-pillar area, it looks like a three-door hatch.
However, the five-door Sonic gets a rear end marked by unusual details, like its motorcycle-inspired taillamps. Further exterior elements on all Sonic models include chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts, as well as an array of large wheel sizes, including 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the new Chevrolet Sonic is endowed with a detailed instrument cluster with a large digital speedometer display and a large, round analog tachometer featuring an asymmetrical LCD readout.