As GM Authority was first to report, 2020 will be the last model year of the Chevrolet Sonic. To that end, we’ve recently come to learn that dealers will be able to place Sonic orders through the end of July. A few weeks after, Sonic production will come to an end at the GM Lake Orion plant.
Additionally, we’ve also learned that the LT Hatchback – the base trim level of the Sonic hatch – is currently the fastest-turning Sonic model. The five-door hatchback model has a starting price that’s roughly $3,000 higher than its four-door sedan brother. That’s because the base hatch is the LT model, whereas the base sedan is the lesser-equipped LS model. Additionally, the Sonic hatch comes standard with the sporty RS appearance package, whereas the RS package optional on the Sonic sedan.
2020 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan – starting MSRP:
- LS – $17,595
- LT – $19,495
- Premier – $21,595
2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback – starting MSRP:
- LT – $20,295
- Premier – $22,395
General Motors says that the decision to discontinue the Chevrolet Sonic is supported by declining demand. The Sonic was first introduced for the 2012 model year as a replacement for the Aveo. Chevrolet Sonic sales peaked in 2014 with 93,518 units, but quickly took a downturn thereafter, posting 30,290 units in 2017 and 20,613 units in 2018. The Sonic’s weakest sales performance was last year, when the model accounted for only 13,971 deliveries. Additionally, the U.S. is the last remaining market where the Sonic is sold, having been dropped in various international markets including Australia (where it was sold as the Barina), South Korea (where it was sold as the Aveo), and Canada (where it was sold as the Sonic).
No replacement is planned as of this writing, though it’s possible (though highly unlikely) that GM could offer the Chevrolet Onix for U.S. and Canadian markets. The Onix is currently the best-selling new car in South America, and recently launched in Mexico.
Once Sonic production ends at the Lake Orion facility near Detroit, the plant will be converted to produce the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which is a slightly larger version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the latter of which is also produced at plant. As such, the Orion facility will be tasked with building entirely electric vehicles. The new Bolt EUV will go into production later this year or in early 2021, and it will also bring with it a refreshed Bolt EV.
No matter, those who really want the Sonic before production ends should coordinate with their dealer to place an order before the end of July. After that, order banks will close. Forever.