CHEVROLET INTRODUCES 2017 SONIC• Fresh look, §egmènt-first Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility lead changes
NEW YORK – Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Sonic – a more expressive, sporty take on the brand's fun-to-drive small car. It offers big technologies such as a new MyLink system wîth §egmènt-exclusive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a fresh exterior wîth new LED signature lighting.
The updated styling complements new comfort and convenience features such as an available heated §teering wheel and a standard 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen for the new MyLink system. Rear Park Assist is also new, adding to one of the most comprehensive safety packages in the §egmènt.
'The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car wîth leading technology – all at an affordable price,' said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. 'This is an important §egmènt for Chevrolet, as we really have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new buyers and show them what we're all about.'
Like the new Trax, Sonic brings new, younger customers to the brand, wîth more than 20 percent of them younger than 35 – and nearly 30 percent trading in non-GM vehicles. It is also Chevrolet's top vehicle for first-time new buyers.
The 2017 Sonic goes on sale this fall, offered in LS, LT and Premier trims on sedan models. The hatchback returns exclusively in RS guise, offered in LT and Premier trims. An RS package is also available on the sedan. (concept carz)
Sonic's athletic exterior has an entirely new, expressive look echoing the global Chevrolet cues seen on vehicles such as the Cruze, Bolt EV and 2017 Trax.
It is a richer, more detailed design, wîth the front end featuring a new hood, new front fascia and new lighting elements. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along wîth available LED daytime running lamps. Likewise, the rear fascia is new.
'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.
There are also new 15-, 16- and 17-inch wheel designs and four new exterior colors offered in 2017: Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red Tintcoat and Arctic Blue Metallic (late availability).
Interior and technology enhancements
Sonic's thoughtful interior retains its focus on delivering comfort, convenience and technology. A new, detailed gauge cluster incorporating an analog speedometer adds a higher degree of refinement to the cabin, complementing addition new comfort and convenience features.
For 2017, Sonic becomes the first in its §egmènt to offer a power driver's seat. Additional new features include:
◾Keyless Open and Start
◾Available heated cloth seats wîth new heated §teering wheel
◾RS trim includes RS-logo floor mats, piano black décor, RS-badged flat-bottom §teering wheel – wîth new, red cloth seating available.
Also new is a 7-inch-diagonal infotainment system designed to support the latest connectivity technologies, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and 4G LTE wîth Wi-Fi hotspot. With the available 4G LTE connection, Sonic provides a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to connect up to seven compatible devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone.
Sonic offers safety features designed to alert drivers to potential crash situations. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are available active safety features. Sonic also offers 10 standard air bags, Stabilitrak electronic stability control and an antilock braking system to help provide peace of mind. Rear Park Assist is new for 2017 and a rearview camera is now standard on all models.
The Sonic's standard Ecotec 1.8L engine is estimated to deliver similar fuel economy numbers for the 2017 model year, however official EPA estimates are not yet available. Sonic's fun-driving spirit returns wîth an available Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine, backed by a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Rated at 138 horsepower (102 kW).
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6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers wîth fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.