2017 Chevrolet Sonic Reveals Itself Ahead of New York Auto Show Debut

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Believe it or not, General Motors still manufactures the Chevrolet Sonic. The successor of the Pontiac G3 may be five years old, but underneath the skin, the Sonic is older than dirt. The first model to ride on the GM Gamma platform is the 2000 Opel Corsa C. I’m flabbergasted General Motors hasn’t replaced it with an all-new architecture but insists on overhauling it.
Nonetheless, if you’re in the market for a brand-new car with gray-haired underpinnings, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is it. To be introduced at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the subcompact model features a sportier exterior design, which is visually enhanced by LED signature lighting. I’m not a big fan of what designers did to the taillights, but everything else is fine by me.

The front fascia does it for me because it takes the best the Spark has to offer and combines that design with cues from the Cruze. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic won’t win any beauty contests, though. Once you step inside, you’ll be introduced to a modernized cabin with a dashboard dominated by a standard Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. As for the optional heated steering wheel, seldom other subcompacts can boast about such a thing.

Another optional feature that works wonders for the 2017 Sonic’s bragging rights is the power driver’s seat, a first in the segment. To keep the youngsters audience happy, the 2017 Sonic features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as 4G LTE Internet connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot. As for powertrain options, the standard 1.8-liter EcoTec is joined by a punchier 1.4-liter turbo four-banger.

Slated to go on sale this fall, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will be available in hatchback or sedan body styles. “The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car with leading technology - all at an affordable price,” commented Steve Majoros, director of marketing for cars and crossovers at Chevrolet.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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