GM says the Sonic RS, which the auto maker first showed as a “hot-hatch” concept car two years ago, will go on sale in late 2012.
Chevy Sonic RS to bow in Detroit.
will unveil at next month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit the ’13 Chevrolet Sonic RS, a higher-performance variant of the recently launched small car.
GM says the 5-door Sonic RS, which the auto maker first showed as a “hot-hatch” concept car two years ago, will go on sale in late 2012. Pricing has not been announced.
The B-car will receive mostly cosmetic enhancements, sticking with same 1.4L turbocharged 4-cyl. engine making 138 hp available in regular-production versions of the Sonic. A 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission will be available.
The sole mechanical upgrade will be a lowered and stiffened suspension with higher-performance dampers.
The exterior of the Sonic RS will get a unique front fascia with a specific fog lamp design, a different rear fascia and a model-specific grille.
Other enhancements include new rocker moldings, unique mirror cap finishes, a retuned exhaust note and chrome tip, RS badges and specially styled 17-in. wheels with five spokes.
Inside, the Sonic RS will feature sportier seats, a race-inspired steering wheel with a flat bottom, special shift knob for manual models, aluminum sport pedals, unique gauges and RS badging on the instrument panel and door inserts.
GM started production of the Sonic 5-door and sedan at its Orion Twp., MI, assembly plant earlier this year.