We can quit the guessing games regarding the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic because, surprise, here it is. Chevrolet revealed the 2017 Sonic ahead of the 2016 New York International Auto Show, featuring refreshed styling and new features.
“The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car with leading technology – all at an affordable price,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “This is an important segment for Chevrolet, as we really have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new buyers and show them what we’re all about.”
New buyers are exactly what Chevrolet is targeting with its freshened subcompact, since it is really good at attracting a younger audience that has never before purchased a Bowtie-branded vehicle. The updated model should continue its success rate in that department given its revised styling that is very much reminiscent of the 2016 Chevy Spark.
Though small cars are losing their appeal among cheap gasoline, the 2017 Sonic arrives packed with new features, including a heated steering wheel, seven-inch touchscreen, rear-park assist and more. Other new (and optional) features of the 2017 Sonic include:
- Heated cloth seats
- Power driver’s seat
- Keyless entry
- Push-button start
When talking design, Chevrolet states sportiness was a key influencer of the Sonic’s new front and rear fascias. A new hood and LED lighting elements help keep the face fresh, while falling in line with Chevrolet’s most recent corporate design language.
“With its trademark wheels-at-the-corners stance, the dramatic changes to the Sonic’s design give it and even sportier stance and attitude,” said Justin Thompson, exterior design manager.
For those seeking more sporty touches, the RS trim has been rejuvenated with RS logos branded into the floormats, piano black trim inside, a flat-bottom steering wheel and optional red cloth seating.
Engine choices remain the same as in the pre-facelift model, with the standard 1.8-liter LUW I4 making 138 horses and 125 pound-feet of twist, and the turbocharged 1.4-liter LUV I4 making 138 horse and 148 pound-feet being optional.
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will go on sale this fall in LS, LT and Premier trims on sedan models. The hatchback returns exclusively in RS guise in the LT and Premier trims.