The Chinese market Chevrolet Aveo, sold in North America and other markets as the Sonic, has received a redesign for the 2015 model year. The refresh gives the car a brand new front and rear clip which bring its outward appearance more in line with the recently unveiled 2015 Chevrolet Cruze.
If you’ve seen the new Chinese-market Cruze, then you’ll notice the resemblance between it and this updated Aveo are uncanny. The front features the same two-tier style Chevrolet grille, which in China has a large lower section with a small top tier. The rear of the car has also been slightly reworked and features a sculpted trunk, also like the new Cruze. Other new aesthetic changes include eight-spoke “Vortex design” wheels and body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Mechanically, the 2015 Aveo will remain the exact same. That means it retains its 96 horsepower, 1.4-liter DVVT engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. So far, GM Shanghai has made no mention of the car adopting any of GM’s Ecotec four-cylinder engines in the future.
The U.S. market Sonic could be next in line to receive an updated front and rear fascia similar to what is seen here. While the current face of the car resembles the rest of the Chevrolet lineup quite well, it could get a version of the 2016 Cruze’s front-end to hold it over and keep things fresh until the all-new model arrives in 2016.