Chevy Unveils Sportier 2017 Sonic Hatchback at New York Auto Show


Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Sonic at the New York International Auto Show, which company officials say is a more expressive, sporty take on the vehicle. The hatchback goes on sale in the fall.

“The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car with leading technology — all at an affordable price,” says Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet cars and crossovers.

Majoros says updated elements include an available heated steering wheel and a standard seven-inch-diagonal touchscreen. The 2017 Sonic also offers rear park assist.

Majoros says the 2017 Sonic takes design cues from the Cruze, Bolt EV, and 2017 Trax, with a new front hood, front and rear fascia, and lighting elements, along with available LED daytime running lamps.

The vehicle has new 15-, 16-, and 17-inch wheel designs and new exterior colors offered in 2017 include metallic orange, red, metallic blue, and yellow.

He says the 2017 Sonic has a power driver’s seat, keyless open and start, and available heated cloth seats. The car supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and offers 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Sonic has a 1.8-liter engine that gets nearly 140 horsepower.

On Wednesday, Chevy introduced the 2017 Camaro ZL1, with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that gets an estimated 640 horsepower and nearly 480 pounds per feet of torque. The vehicle goes on sale later this year.