As GM Authority was the first to report, the Chevy Sonic’s days are numbered, with the 2020 model year slated to be the nameplate’s last. Now, GM Authority has learned that the last Chevy Sonic will roll off the line at the GM Lake Orion plant on October 20th, 2020.
As we’ve covered previously, July is the last month for dealers to place orders for the Chevy Sonic. The LT Hatchback, which is the base-level trim for the Sonic’s hatch bodystyle, is currently the fastest-turning model in the Sonic lineup. The Sonic is also offered as a four-door sedan.
That said, Chevy Sonic sales numbers have been in decline since 2014, supporting GM’s decision to follow through with its discontinuation. The Sonic saw just 13,971 deliveries in 2019, the model’s weakest sales performance.
The U.S. is the last remaining market where the Chevy Sonic is sold, with the model already discontinued in international markets, including Australia, South Korea, and Canada. To note, the Sonic was sold as the Barina in Australia, and the Aveo in South Korea.
There is currently no replacement planned. It’s possible GM could bring the Chevrolet Onix over for the U.S. and Canadian markets given its stellar performance South America, but that remains highly unlikely.
Following the Chevy Sonic’s discontinuation, the GM Lake Orion plant will convert its new assembly capacity to produce the forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which will be offered as a slightly larger version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is also produced at the Lake Orion plant.
The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is powered exclusively by the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gas engine, which produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Available trim levels include the base-model LS, the midrange LT, and the range-topping Premier. The sedan body style offers all three trims, while the hatch only offers the LT and Premier trim.
Under the skin, the 2020 Chevy Sonic rides on the GM Gamma platform.