Chevrolet Sonic: New for 2014
- Exterior color : Orange Rock Metallic and Sandy Beach Brown Metallic
2014 Chevrolet Sonic Offers Fun-driving with Connectivity
MyLink enables owners to enjoy simple, safe and personalized connectivity while their smartphone is stowed
Since its Middle East launch, Chevrolet Sonic has been making a name for itself as a small car with big attitude. Chevrolet Sonic features an exterior form that conveys strength, stability and sportiness, a newly developed chassis and body structure, as well as an upgraded fuel-efficient, low-emission engine. The Sonic has been engineered to make everyday driving in a small car a more dynamic and enjoyable experience, while delivering practical, hands-on solutions and value.
Chevrolet Sonic offers easy-to-use and intuitive Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which uses owners’ smartphones to personalize delivery of music, video, photo galleries, phone books and other information into the vehicle – including full-function navigation via an available smartphone app. MyLink for Sonic includes a seven-inch diagonal color screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, bluetooth streaming audio for music and selected phones, voice recognition for compatible smartphones.
Sonic was recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as having the highest-ranked vehicle appeal among subcompact car owners in the 2013 APEAL Study. It also was designated as one of the Best Family Cars of 2012 by Edmunds and Parents magazines, and its interior was named one of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2012.
Sonic customers can choose between two body styles: a four-door sedan which comes in Base and LS models, and a five-door hatchback which comes in LS model. New colors are added for 2014: Orange Rock Metallic and Sandy Beach Brown Metallic.
Chevrolet MyLink details
MyLink is available on Sonic Base models and standard on LS models. It consists of a seven-inch diagonal touch screen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan, digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones and six speakers.
On Sonic, MyLink operates by integrating the owner’s compatible smartphone and stored media – via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB – with the radio. This lets owners enjoy simple, safe and personalized connectivity while their smartphone is stowed.
The owner selects from options projected onto the touch screen: Audio, Pictures & Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings. Each menu selection takes the user through a list of easy-to-select functions.
A selection of special apps are embedded in the Chevrolet Sonic. Customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 7 can ask Siri, an intelligent assistant, to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. An Eyes Free mode enables drivers to interact with their iPhones using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device's screen from lighting up.
Owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone, play songs in their iTunes libraries, switch music sources automatically from AM/FM radio to iPod mode, or listen to or send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved contacts.
Also, Chevrolet MyLink users can utilize the TuneIn smartphone app, a streaming audio powerhouse that provides seamless connectivity to live local, international and internet radio and links listeners to a global network of 70,000 stations.
Aggressive, youthful design
Featuring a sporty exterior that speaks Chevrolet’s global design language, the Chevrolet Sonic appeals to the young and the young-at-heart. This holds true for both body styles, but especially for the five-door hatchback, with its aggressive, flowing body lines. Meanwhile, the all-new four-door version conveys a more mature, upscale feel. The sedan is aimed at young families in particular.
A key signature element distinguishing the Sonic is its exposed, motorcycle-inspired headlamps, which are devoid of any lens cover. They are housed in dual tubes, with high-gloss black bezels and chrome rings. Pronounced wheel arch forms, the 114 mm offset between the roof-rails and short overhangs underscore the hatchback’s planted, assertive posture.
The hatchback’s rear door pull handles are positioned in the upper section of the door, creating a coupe-like appearance. The hatchback’s taillamps have no lens cover and play harmoniously with the vehicle’s front-end design. In contrast, the sedan’s rear lamps are enveloped by a dual element lens, delivering a touch of chic to the sleek, aerodynamically refined sedan. The sedan is 358 mm longer than the hatchback, which measures 4039 mm in length.
All wheels feature Chevrolet’s five-spoke design and are available in 15-inch steel or aluminum.
The 2014 Sonic is available with 10 exterior colors: Summit White Metallic, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Carbon Flash Metallic, Velvet Red Metallic, Deep Espresso Brown Metallic, Boracay Blue Metallic, Satin Steel Grey Metallic, Snowflake white pearl, Sandy Beach Brown Metallic and Orange Rock Metallic.
Award-winning Sonic interior
Sonic’s cabin complements the motorcycle-inspired exterior with a detailed instrument cluster featuring a large, round analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout, with a large digital speedometer display. Ice-blue ambient backlighting adds a stylish, contemporary feel to the cabin.
The mid-instrument panel surface flows seamlessly into the upper doors, with premium, low-gloss finishes. The automatic shift knob has a “cobra head” design, while the manual shifter has a chrome-finished knob.
The interior is functional, too, with storage compartments in the center stack and doors. The rear seats fold virtually flat for carrying larger items such as sports gear. The luggage capacity of the sedan is 397 liters, while the five-door’s luggage compartment holds 538 liters.
A road-gripping ride
The Sonic’s sporty driving experience is a key feature that contributes to the car’s appeal. It consists of an exceptionally rigid body-frame-integral structure, with the upper body and the frame engineered as a single unit, ensuring a more mass-efficient and stiffer structure. Advanced steels used on the all-new Sonic have considerably greater tensile strength, which improves passenger safety.
A McPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, and a torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension, deliver a tempered, stable ride.
Meanwhile, the Sonic’s tight body-frame-integral structure is also key to the vehicle’s advanced safety performance. In the event of an accident, the roof will be able to carry 4.2 times the car’s weight. A four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist is available on LS models.
The Sonic also offers a quiet, relaxed driving experience. Refined noise control measures have, in some instances, resulted in a damping performance that is 10 to 40 percent greater than previously applied materials and techniques in other Chevrolet small cars.
Efficient and fuel-saving 1.6L engine
Fuel efficiency and enjoyable driving that creates a small environmental footprint were the main criteria guiding the design of the Sonic’s engine. The 1.6L gasoline engine (115hp, 155Nm) gives the Sonic strong acceleration characteristics and an immediate feeling of performance during low-speed driving.
The 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine features dual-overhead camshafts and variable valve timing. It also has cast-iron cylinder block with a hollow frame structure; other features contributing to performance and efficiency include piston-cooling oil-jets and a silent chain drive.
Fuel consumption on a combined cycle is 6.4 L/100km for the 1.6L engine coupled with a manual transmission, 7.1 L/100km with a six speed transmission.
Sonic safety and crash-avoidance features
The Sonic achieved an overall five-star safety rating in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in Europe, Australia, US and Korea. It also earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The Sonic is designed to help drivers avoid crashes, while protecting the occupants in the event a crash occurs. Safety begins with a strong body structure designed to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants. More than 60 percent of the body structure is composed of advanced steels.
Other safety and security features include:
- Front disc and rear drum brakes are standard on all models.
- Four-channel antilock braking is available on LS model.
- Pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts.