Although subcompact cars are slowly losing their place within the automotive realm in favor of small crossovers, GM stands firm with its Chevrolet Sonic range. And now, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is getting minor changes and updates. Here’s exactly what’s new for the 2020 model year.
From a design standpoint, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic carries over unchanged from the 2019 model. As a matter of fact, the only change is to the color palette for both the four-door sedan and five-door hatchback.
The Orange Burst Metallic and Shock exterior colors are deleted from the entire lineup, while all-new Oasis Blue and Cayenne Orange Metallic exterior colors are added to the hatchback model only. These colors are optional and will be extra-cost hues.
The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic gets no changes to its interior, except when it comes to the transmissions – which we will tell you about next.
The biggest changes are in the powertrain department, where the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic loses the manual transmission across the entire model range. This affects all models previously available with the six-speed manual transmission, including the LS, LT and Premier Sedan as well as the LT and Premier Hatchback.
The turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUJ engine continues as the sole powerplant, which makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
Sonic Future Unclear
In March 2017, a rumor stated that GM would discontinue the Sonic as soon as 2018. It’s unclear whether or not the nameplate will live to see the 2021 model year. In fact, the Sonic has already been discontinued in Canada.
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 Sonic was given a midcycle refresh for the 2017 model year. The 2018 Chevy Sonic represents the sixth model year of the first-generation Sonic. The vehicle remains fairly 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.
For the 2019 model year, the Sonic gained one new exterior color (while losing two other colors), the removal of the base 1.8L naturally-aspirated Ecotec engine, and several other minor equipment-level changes.
The Sonic is assembled at the following plants:
- GM Lake Orion plant in Orion Township, Michigan, USA operated by GM USA supplying United States and Canada
- GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea operated by GM Korea supplying Korea (previously supplied Holden Barina for Australia and New Zealand)
- GM Cairo plant in Egypt operated by GM Egypt (plant idled)
- GM Hanoi plant in Vietnam operated by GM Vietnam (plant sold and no longer producing GM models)
A March 2017 rumor stated that GM would discontinue the Sonic as soon as 2018. As of this writing, it's unclear whether or not the nameplate will see a second generation. In November 2018, General Motors announced that it will discontinue the Chevrolet Cruze, along with five other passengers cars. Though the Sonic was not on that list, the model was discontinued in Canada. The move leaves the United States and South Korea as the only two markets where the model is currently available.
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