Chevrolet Sonic Facelift Breaks Cover in China

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Also known as the Aveo in Europe, Chevrolet has recently performed a minor nip-and-tuck job on the B-segment model. Taking its styling cues from the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze revealed at this year's Beijing Auto Show, the refreshed Sonic is slated to arrive in Chinese dealerships this June.
General Motors' best-selling compact car is manufactured in China by the Shanghai GM joint venture, with prices starting at ¥81.800 ($13,113) and topping at ¥114.800 ($18.403 at current exchange rates). In the case of the facelifted model, we expect it to retail for the same money and feature slightly updated 1.4 and 1.6-liter EcoTec mills.

As it is the case with this the current model, GM China will most definitely market both the hatchback and sedan versions of the updated Chevrolet Sonic to that big consumer segment which never had any prior means of personal transport - the youngsters.

In order to speak to the young Chinese clientele, the new model boasts sporty visual cues including revised narrow headlamps and tail lights, modern alloy wheel designs, a subtle diffuser incorporated in the rear bumper, rippled hood and a dual-port radiator grille design.

Pictures of the cabin haven't been released as of yet, but don't get your hopes up too high for a serious overhaul stylistic and quality-wise. It's still unclear if the transmissions range will see the addition of the brand spanking new DCG seven-speed dual-clutch box offered on the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

As for the US-spec Sonic facelift, keep your fingers crossed Chevy will unveil it at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
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