Back in early July, GM Authority was the first to report that the Chevy Sonic’s days were numbered, later learning that production was set to end October 20th, 2020. As it turns out, Chevy Sonic production actually ended on October 19th, one day ahead of schedule. July was the final month for dealers to place orders for the 2020 Chevy Sonic.
The Chevy Sonic has already been discontinued internationally, including in Canada, Australia, and South Korea (to note, the Sonic was sold as the Aveo in South Korea, and the Barina in Australia). Chevy Sonic sales have seen a steady decline since 2014, with just 13,971 deliveries in 2019, the nameplate’s weakest sales performance.
With the Chevy Sonic out, the GM Lake Orion facility will utilize the extra production capacity for assembly of the new Chevrolet Bolt EUV, General Motors’ upcoming all-electric crossover utility vehicle, which will be offered as a slightly larger version of the Chevy Bolt EV.
The 2020 Chevy Sonic is offered in both a sedan and hatchback body style, with three trims to choose from, starting with the base-model LS, followed by the LT, and topped by the Premier. Sedan iterations are offered in all three trims, while the hatch is restricted to the LT and Premier. The Chevy Sonic LT Hatchback is currently the fastest-turning model in the lineup.
Riding on the GM Gamma platform, the 2020 Chevy Sonic draws motivation from the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gas engine, with 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque sent to the front axle. Output is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission.
With production of the Chevy Sonic now at an end, there is no replacement planned. It’s possible that General Motors may launch the Chevy Onix in the U.S. and Canadian markets following the model’s impressive sales performance in South America, but that remains highly unlikely.