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Detroit Auto Show: Chevrolet unveils new Sonic

January 10, 2011 |  9:55 am


Chevrolet revealed its latest small car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. Going into production later this year for the 2012 model year, the Sonic will be available in sedan and hatchback versions and use the same two engine types offered for its Cruze: a turbocharged 1.4-liter with about 138 horsepower and a 1.8-liter estimated at 135 horsepower.

Designed to blend the practicality of a small car with a fun driving experience, the Sonic's suspension was tuned by Corvette engineers to give its ride and handling a sporty feel, the automaker said. 

A direct competitor of the Ford Fiesta, the Sonic will offer best-in-segment cargo capacity in both the four- and five-door models, Chevrolet said, adding that it will be equipped with remote start, heated front seats and a sunroof.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Credit: Chevrolet