Chevrolet reveals the Sonic Dusk sedan

Article by Christian A., on October 25, 2012

Chevrolet will be producing the Sonic Dusk sedan, which offers a higher level sophistication to the subcompact segment. Chevrolet will bring the production intent Sonic Dusk to the SEMA Show, which opens on Oct. 30 in Las Vegas. It is the first of a wide range of stylized small cars to come from the company.

The vehicle that will be seen at the SEMA show has a production-intent package, which includes ground effects, a rear spoiler and large, 18-inch aluminum wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish. The Ashen Grey Sonic Dusk gets a refined, contemporary look with the addition of elegant touches. Chevrolet gave a matte finish to the upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim.

Meanwhile, the body gets more upscale with its stainless steel lower window moldings. The interior of the Sonic Dusk gets Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with suede accents and Mojave tan inserts. The cabin’s ambience is enhanced with its Mojave accent stitching and tan-color door panel and instrument panel accents.

It also features Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which incorporates a smartphone and stored media (via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB) with the radio. Powering the Sonic Dusk is the Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine, which has an output of 138hp (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm.

The wide rpm range for the maximum torque (which is a trait distinct to turbocharged engines) helps the engine to offer an improved driving experience and performance. The engine is partnered with a six-speed transmission while the production models are available with either a six-speed manual or automatic.

Chevrolet Sonic conveys stability, strength and refinement from every angle with its five-door models. Its wide, planted stance accompanied with wheel-at-the-corners proportions conveys performance and even though the car is stationary, the progressive, raked body lines suggest movement.

This model is equipped with round tail lamps and a dual-element grille for easy identification of the brand. Such features are accompanied with other global design cues and aggressive cues such as motorcycle-inspired round headlamps as well as fender flare. A character line above the headlamps formed by the leading edge of the hood is also available which flows in a sleek side profile characterized by uninterrupted body side lines, a high beltline and low roofline. The side mirror as well seemingly disappears into the profiles as it carries a shape that resembles the shape of the car itself.

There is a clear distinction between five-door models and the sedan as the five-door models carry a tight, two-box shape with diving feature line whereas the sedan on the other hand has a more mature upscale presence with its notchback profile. In the five-door model as well, it looks like a three-door hatch at first glance because the rear door handles are located discreetly in the “C”-pillar area and the rear continues with details that are unconventional such as rear tail lamps which are exposed and motorcycle-inspired.

To keep that sporty feel, a range of large wheel sizes including the 17-inch allow wheels is available. It also gets chrome grille surrounds and honeycomb grille inserts in matte black to reinforce the model’s quality and attention to details.

Press Release

Chevrolet Sonic Dusk

Chevrolet today announced production of the Sonic Dusk sedan, designed to bring a higher degree of sophistication and refinement to the subcompact segment. The production intent Sonic Dusk will be displayed at the SEMA Show, opening Oct. 30 in Las Vegas and leads a diverse range of stylized Chevy small cars.

“Just like we’ve done with Corvettes and Camaros, we’re taking another one of our core products and adapting it to our customers’ lifestyles,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The reaction to the Sonic Dusk concept last year was overwhelmingly positive and proved customers are interested in a more-refined subcompact. We’re moving quickly to bring Sonic Dusk to Chevrolet showrooms.”

The SEMA show vehicle features a production-intent package with ground effects, a rear spoiler and large, 18-inch aluminum wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish. Sophisticated touches lend the Ashen Grey Sonic Dusk a refined, contemporary aesthetic. The upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim are finished with a matte appearance, while stainless steel lower window moldings add an upscale accent to the body.

Inside, Sonic Dusk features Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with suede accents and Mojave tan inserts. Mojave accent stitching and tan-color door panel and instrument panel accents were designed to enhance the cabin’s ambience. It is also equipped with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which integrates a smartphone and stored media – via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB – with the radio.

“With a year under our belt, we’ve learned our Sonic sedan buyers are looking at exterior styling as a key purchase driver,” said Cristi Landy, marketing director of Chevrolet small cars. “While the RS hatchback is our sporty interpretation of Sonic, Dusk is a sophisticated, well contented option – both unique to this segment. It’s all about choices and personalization.”

Sonic Dusk is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine, rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps the engine deliver a better driving experience and performance. The engine is mated with a six-speed transmission – and production models offer a six-speed manual or automatic.

The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic is positioned between the all-new Spark and the Cruze in Chevy’s small car portfolio. As the only subcompact built in America, Sonic comes with a segment-leading 10 standard air bags and leads in interior roominess. The performance-inspired Sonic RS hits dealerships in late 2012 and features Chevrolet’s exclusive infotainment system MyLink , with a seven-inch color touch screen radio capable of displaying smartphone-based music, videos, photos and contacts for hands-free calling. To learn more about Sonic, visit the Chevy Sonic Facebook page, follow on Twitter at @ChevyLife or check out letsdothis.com.

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