4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
1.4L Turbocharged I-4; 1.8L I-4
M5, M6, A6
Lake Orion, MI
What’s New for ’12
The Sonic replaces the former Aveo subcompact in the Chevrolet lineup.
Production is moved from Korea to the automaker’s Lake Orion assembly plant.
It is powered by a 1.8L I-4 mated to either a standard 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 1.4L turbocharged 4-cyl. mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.4L features a liquid-cooled turbocharger that is integrated directly into the exhaust manifold vs. the traditional downstream location, which reduces complexity and weight.
Other unique features include piston-cooling oil jets, electronically controlled thermostat and a reinforced crankshaft and connecting rods. Both engines feature an easier-to-replace cartridge type oil filter.