The Chevrolet Sonic is a swell little vehicle that does a lot of things right in a difficult segment. Merely a few years ago, Chevrolet couldn’t keep enough of them on dealer lots, but then, cheap gas happened, and the car buying public at large is back to buying bulking SUVs, trucks. Some automakers even feel that the switch to the crossover is a permanent one.
That hasn’t stopped development of an update to the Chevrolet Sonic, which has been spied testing in Detroit, Michigan by Autoblog. This particular test model, which we believe will end up being the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic sedan, appears to represent a midcycle enhancement to the subcompact car, consisting of updates to the front and rear fascias.
The Sonic will continue being made at the GM Lake Orion plant. Last year, GM announced 500 employees would be laid off due to slow Sonic and Buick Verano sales. The plant is also being retooled for 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV (and likely Opel Ampera-e) production.
Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the model spied is an all-new 2018 Chevy Sonic. Instead, the model spied is the 2017 Sonic, which represents a midcycle enhancement/facelift for the first-generation Sonic. The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic, meanwhile, will deliver small updates on top of the 2017 model.