Chevrolet announced today that the brand will be revealing a revised 2017 Sonic at next week’s New York International Auto Show. The Sonic will feature revised exterior styling and additional features. The modest modifications are intended to keep the Sonic fresh, which has been on the market since 2012.
Most notably the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic exterior design is bringing it more in line with the rest of the Chevrolet design language. A quick glance at the 2017 Trax (also recently refreshed) and you quickly begin to see a new theme between the two and the recently-launched 2016 Cruze. The 2017 exterior is arguably more subdued than the previous, bold front face, but features more modern design cues such as LED accents.
In addition to the new look, Sonic is gaining more technology. The car has been upgraded with the latest version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which will pass Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – two features that are undoubtedly in demand with Sonic’s target market. Rear park assist, keyless ignition and heated cloth seats and steering wheel have also been added to the Sonic roster.
For better or worse, Sonic is retaining both its standard 1.8-liter and optional 1.4-liter turbo engines, both unchanged. We still long to see a performance variant of the little Sonic to combat the Ford Fiesta ST, but it appears we’ll have to continue to hope for such. In all fairness, Chevy is keeping the Sonic RS for 2017, but the only significant enhancement is the option of red cloth seats.
Nonetheless, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will slide into dealerships this fall.