The Chevrolet Sonic allowed in different markets, it has already managed to forget the old Aveo. But in a move to expand its customer base, Chevrolet has announced Sonic Turbo Automatic will now be available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, two engines are available: a 4-cylinder ECOTEC 1.8-liter 136 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque, and a second four-cylinder turbocharged 1.4 liter 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. The latter was only available within a 6-speed manual transmission, and apparently the return of consumers has not been very good. With this new transmission, the American manufacturer announces consumption figures of 8.7 liters per 100 km city and 6.4 L/100 km highway. Its combined fuel consumption is 7.6 liters per 100 km, or better than the combined consumption of the model with the 1.8 liter engine.
Bob Benedict, chief engineer at Chevrolet ECOTEC engine, said “Traditionally, turbocharging is used to improve engine performance, but today it is used both to reduce fuel economy, and to improve the Acceleration to 0-100 km/h. The turbo provides a high air pressure for high torque, to boost the vehicle and give the driver a pleasant driving experience with improved energy efficiency. With the automatic transmission, the turbo model of Sonic is expected to sell very well.”
The turbo models with automatic transmission are already available and prices for the United States were announced. Excluding 795 USD destination fee, the base price starts at 16,835 USD for the sedan LT and 17,635 USD for the hatchback model, always finishing in LT. The finishes will sell LTZ respectively (Sedan/Hatchback) to 18,625 USD and 19,325 USD.
With these prices not exceeding 20,000 USD, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a very affordable vehicle, which should attract even more consumers.