During the 2016 New York Auto show, Chevrolet introduced the
2017 Sonic. The automaker claims that the new Sonic offers a
more sporty and expressive take to the small car segment.
The car comes with new updates which include LED lighting on
the exterior and new technologies such as MyLink which
integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its cabin. The
refreshment adds to the Sonic’s character as a fun, efficient
and affordable small hauler.
Chevrolet hopes to capture the attention of younger buyers with
the Sonic. Chevrolet has established that 20% of the
vehicle’s buyers are below 35 years and the automaker believes
the upcoming model will do even better among this age group of
buyers. Just like the outgoing model, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic
will be offered both in sedan and hatchback bodies.
The sedan will feature three trims i.e. LS, LT and Premier
while the hatchback which features an exclusive RS guise will
be offered in only LT and Premier trims. The RS package is
available as an option on the sedans.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic Exterior
As mentioned above, the new Chevrolet Sonic has a new stance
which is more expressive. The vehicle’s exterior design falls
in line with other Chevrolet models such as the Trax,
EV. The front features a new hood, a revamped grille and
projector-beam headlights. The front also features LED DRLs.
The rear, on the other hand, has also been refreshed and sports
a redesigned bumper and revised taillights. On the sides, the
Sonic still features its unique “wheels-at-the-corners stance”
which when coupled with the upgrades make it look sportier. The
vehicle rides on new 15-, 16-and 17-inch wheels. Four new
exterior colors have also been introduced; they are Arctic Blue
Metallic, Orange Burst Metallic, Cajum Red Tintcoat and
2017 Chevrolet Sonic Interior
The interior designers of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic have
designed a thoughtful interior which is focused on offering
comfort, convenience and the trappings that come with new
technology. To add to the current design which is already
well defined is a new detailed gauge cluster with an analog
New for 2017 is a power driver’s seat making the Sonic the
first model in this segment to offer this feature. Other
features include keyless entry and ignition, heated seats and a
heated steering wheel. The seats are upholstered in a quality
cloth. The exclusive RS package adds RS-logo on the floor mats,
red cloth upholstery, piano black décor and an RS-badged
flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Another new feature on the 2017 Chevy Sonic is a 7.0-inch
diagonal infotainment system. The system supports up-to-date
technologies such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and 4GLTE
which comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Wi-Fi hotspot allows
connection of up to 7 devices like smartphones, tablets or
The Chevrolet Sonic 2017 will feature a host of upgraded safety
features such as Lane Departure warning, Forward Collision
Alert, Stabilitrak electronic stability control and antilock
brakes among others. For 2017, the model will also feature Rear
Park Assist and a rearview camera as standard in all trims. The
vehicle also features 10 standard airbags.
Engine Specs and Performance
Both the sedan and the hatchback are powered by a 1.8 L
4-cylinder Ecotec engine or an Ecotec 1.4 L turbocharged mill.
Both engines produce 138 hp. However, the turbocharged engine
produces 148 lb-ft of torque compared to 125 lb-ft of torque
produced by the 1.8 L engine.
There are no official EPA ratings as of this writing but since
there are no significant changes on the drive-trains; we expect
the engine to retain the 2016 model’s ratings. The 1.8 L engine
currently returns a combined fuel efficiency of 30 mpg while
the turbocharger is more frugal at a 33 mpg on combined drives.
Both engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A
6-speed automatic transmission is offered as an option.
Price and release date
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will be available in dealerships this
fall. The automaker has not announced official prices of the
However, we believe the price will be adjusted slightly
upwards. Therefore, expect a starting price of around $ 15,500
for the sedan and $16,000 for the hatch.
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