With the launch of the all-new 2012 Sonic coming around the corner, Chevrolet has come forward to officially announce the pricing. The replacement to the disappointing Chevy Aveo will start at $14,495 in the form of a sedan in 1LS trim, while the hatchback will begin at $15,395, or $1,130 less than a basic Chevy Cruze. The 2012 Sonic will also be the smallest vehicle made in the U.S. at the Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan alongside the upcoming Buick Verano.
With the 1LS package, the Sonic will be powered by a 1.8-liter Ecotec engine (like the larger Cruze) accompanied by a five-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed auto as an option. A pleasant surprise here are the 15-inch alloy wheels that will come standard, and that’s a feature exclusive to the class. Heck, the Cruze doesn’t even start with alloys! But have fun with those hand-crank windows and lack of a CD player.
Upgrade to the LT trim level on the Sonic for $15,695 sedan or $16,495 for the hatch, and a boosted 1.4-liter ECOTEC (also in the Cruze) becomes available, as does a six-speed manual transmission. According to Chevy, the engine is expected to make the Sonic the quickest vehicle in its class while still touching the fuel economy of 40 MPG. Power windows and mirrors also find their way onto the Sonic, as does a more premium six-speaker audio system accompanied by a CD player and XM/Sirius capabilities.
Top the Sonic out with the LTZ package for $17,295 for the sedan or $17,995 for the hatch and things get much more interesting. It is in this trim level that the connectivity package becomes available, offerring Bluetooth, a USB port and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Leatherette seats that can be heated in the front also become available, as do exterior fog lamps and 17-inch alloys. For even spicier looks, check out the Z-Spec concept.
Other things to expect across the board are 10 airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, remote keyless entry, power locks and of course, OnStar. Expect the even smaller Spark to touch an even lower price when it launches early next year. We think $11,500 is a safe bet.