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The Chevy Onix Is The Sonic Successor You Didn't Know You Wanted

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But you can't have it anyway.

The saga of the Chevrolet Sonic has had some interesting new chapters lately. After rumors emerged that Chevy would kill off several sedan models, including the Impala and Sonic, the Sonic was discontinued in the Canadian market. However, Katie Minter, the representative for Chevy Passenger Car and Electrification Communications said "In the US, we remain committed to Sonic. The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is now available for sale at US dealerships nationwide."

So the Sonic is safe, at least for the 2019 model year, but GM has been mum on a potential replacement. While sedans are dying in the US, GM has just unveiled a spiritual successor to the Sonic, which will go on sale in the Chinese market.

It's called the Onix and it is the first GM vehicle to ride on a new GEM platform set to be used by future Buick models. The Onix was previously sold as a South American model only but will now be offered in China as well as 40 other countries around the world.

GM previously sold the Onix as a five-door hatchback model, while the sedan was badged as a Prisma. With the name change from Prisma to Onix, the sedan actually grew by 7.5 inches in length.

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What you see pictured here is the Redline trim, which includes black 16-inch wheels, black badging, and red accents. We think it looks pretty good, much better in fact than the current Sonic. If GM brought it to the US, we think it would be a worthy competitor to cars like the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio. Since the only engine options are a 1.3-liter three-cylinder with 102 hp and a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder producing 114 horsepower, it seems like a guarantee that the Onix isn't destined for the US.