The most noticeable change is the reworked front end, which bears a strong family resemblance to its sisters as well as the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Sonic, which is offered in hatchback and sedan body styles, gets new hood, headlights, taillights, bumpers and LED daytime running lamps. New paint colours and 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs are also part of the car’s rejuvenation.
Inside, the standard MyLink infotainment system gets a seven-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera and now integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Rear park sonar, a power driver’s seat, an intelligent key, heated cloth seats and a heated steering wheel now figure on the options list.
Powertrain choices remain unchanged. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will feature a naturally aspired, 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 138 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque, while a turbocharged, 1.4-litre four generating 138 hp and 148 lb.-ft. is available in uplevel trims.
When the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic goes on sale this fall, the hatchback will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and both will include an RS sport appearance package. Three trims will be available with the sedan, LS, LT and Premier, and the RS package will be optional.