Some markets have all the fun.
The Chevrolet Sonic is a pretty decent budget-friendly city slicker, so you'd expect it to be immensely popular. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case in the US, and we won't see too many of them on the roads soon as it has been killed off locally. In all fairness, when you can have a Silverado for less, why would you be interested in the little hatchback? Nevertheless, things are different in other markets. One such market is Brazil, where the Sonic has been replaced by the Onix. Now, a hotter RS version has been unveiled and we have to say that it looks pretty damn cool.
With Brazil's buyers making the Onix the best-selling vehicle there, it makes sense for a special edition to be offered. Having first debuted in Colombia, the Onix arrives in Brazil as the first model ever to feature those two sporty letters. With a new front grille, sporty front and rear fascias, a pretty cool roof spoiler, 16-inch wheels, and various gloss black accents including the roof and badges, this feisty little car looks fantastic. Best of all, GM South America's Marketing Executive Director, Hermann Mahnke, says: "it is in the same price range as other similarly equipped versions of Onix."
Inside, the sporty elements continue with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, special air vent surrounds, unique graphics for the instrument panel, and red contrasting stitching. In addition, it gets a larger eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display with wireless Apple and Android smartphone integration. There's no increase in power though, with the 1.0-liter turbo-three producing 116 horsepower and 122 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, a six-speed auto is offered for Brazil instead of the five-speed manual that other markets get. The reasoning for this is that this isn't a quick car and people would prefer comfort in traffic. Looks good, but would it have been successful here? Probably not.