The rumors of the Chevy Sonic’s death imminent death have been greatly exaggerated, as order guides for the subcompact car family show that the range will stick around for at least the 2019 model year, while getting a few notable changes and updates to boot.
On the outside, the 2019 Sonic does away with Ivy Metallic and Arctic Blue Metallic colors, while gaining a new color called Shock.
Arguably the biggest change is the deletion of the 1.8L LUW I4 engine (configured as the 1.8L LWE I4 in some states for emissions purposes) and its associated transmissions and axles from the lineup. The archaic and rather gutless naturally-aspirated four-banger was the base engine in the Sonic since its introduction in 2012, where it made 138 horses and 125 pound-feet of torque. The deletion of the motor results in the Turbo 1.4L LUV engine becoming the standard motor. The 1.4L Turbo LUV was the optional engine for the Sonic since the model’s introduction, and it makes a slightly better 148 pound-feet of torque while keeping the same horsepower rating as the 1.8L LUW/LWE.
On the technology front, the 2019 Sonic gets a new RPO code for the keyless open/keyless entry system (ATH changes to AVJ), and the remote vehicle starter system is no longer standard on the LT Sedan with the Automatic Transmission. Instead, remote start becomes part of the Convenience Package on the LT trim.
Finally, the Fun and Sun Package is deleted across the board. In previous years, the package included the 1.4L Turbo LUV engine, a power sunroof, and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.
And that does it for what’s new for the 2019 Sonic. Though the changes are not substantial, they certainly put an end to rumors of the model’s discontinuation, meaning that the lovable subcompact car range will stick around for at least one more year after being introduced for 2012 and refreshed for 2017. Besides, we knew full well that GM/Chevrolet wasn’t planning on replacing the Sonic until at least the 2020 model year. Even so, there’s no denying that Sonic sales are on the decline: 2017 saw 30,290 deliveries, which pales in comparison to the 93,518 units delivered in 2014.
RPO-level changes/updates along with the order guide are in the link list below.
About Chevrolet Sonic
The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact family of vehicles that include a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. Having replaced the Aveo in the Chevrolet lineup, the Sonic is currently Chevrolet’s second-smallest car, slotting above the Chevrolet Spark city car but below the compact Chevrolet Cruze, midsize Chevrolet Malibu and full-size Chevrolet Impala.
The current model was introduced for the 2012 model year and represents the first generation of the Sonic nameplate. The model rides on the GM Gamma platform shared with the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.
The 2018 Chevy Sonic represents the seventh model year of the first-generation Sonic. The model was given a midcycle refresh for the 2017 model year. The vehicle remains competitive in its segment and the 2018 model year brings a handful of changes, including a new exterior color, a change to the Sun and Sound Package, and the standardization of the seven-inch diagonal color touchscreen. The 2019 model year saw, the eighth model year of the first-gen model, the addition of one new color, the 1.4L Turbo engine becoming standard, along with various minor changes.
In March 2017, a new rumor stated that GM would discontinue the Sonic as soon as 2018. It’s unclear whether or not the nameplate will see a follow-up with a second generation.
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