Detroit 2011: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan and Hatchback

2011 Detroit Auto Show

General Motors has officially unveiled their all-new sub-compact, the Chevrolet Sonic. So what happened to the Aveo? Chevrolet felt the name was too difficult to pronounce and went with a simpler two syllable one instead. Besides the name change, it's quite clear that GM has one main target in mind for the Sonic: the Ford Fiesta. Available as both a sedan and five-door hatchback, the Sonic will come standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.

The turbocharged 1.4-liter with 138 hp is optional and it has 18 hp more than the Fiesta. Transmission choices are either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The hatchback has more rear seat space than Fiesta hatch and, with the seats folded flat, even has more cargo room. GM also gave a significant amount of attention to the car's suspension, having a MacPherson strut design up front and a torsion beam for the rear. Most importantly, the Sonic is a huge, huge improvement in the looks department over the old Aveo.

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Featuring a more aggressive front fascia, the overall stance is both solid and handsome. The interior also benefits, perhaps more so, with a more stylish design and higher quality materials, replacing the cardboard found in the Aveo. Stay tuned for more details as they come in.

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