Chevro­let Sonic is fresh, fun, up-to-date

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Chevro­let Sonic con­tin­ues to bring new cus­tomers to Chevro­let with its youth­ful de­sign, ef­fi­ciency and the lat­est con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures.

Sonic re­mains on the lead­ing edge of tech­nol­ogy in its seg­ment, of­fer­ing OnS­tar with 4G LTE and a stan­dard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that pro­vides a mobile hub for driv­ers and pas­sen­gers to stay con­nected. The hotspot is on when­ever the car is on and comes with a three-month/ three-gi­ga­byte data trial.

Sonic cus­tomers can choose be­tween two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatch­back in LS, LT, LTZ and RS mod­els.

Sonic RS sedan and a Dusk Pack­age for LTZ sedan pro­vide op­tions for high-style, per­for­mance-ori­ented fea­tures. The RS sedan de­liv­ers all of the per­for­mance-ori­ented fea­tures of the hatch­back, while the Dusk pack­age brings a higher level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion with dis­tinc­tive ex­te­rior fea­tures and premium in­te­rior ap­point­ments.

Ev­ery Sonic model de­liv­ers class-lead­ing rearseat roomi­ness and cargo space. Other fea­tures in­clude:

• Stan­dard Ecotec 1.8L en­gine (non-RS mod­els) paired with five-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sions that de­liver an EPA-es­ti­mated 35 mpg high­way

• Avail­able 1.4L Ecotec tur­bocharged en­gine that, when paired with the six-speed man­ual, achieves an EPA es­ti­mated 40 mpg high­way (non-RS mod­els)

• Stan­dard elec­tric power steer­ing and Sta­bil­iTrak elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol with rollover sens­ing

• Stan­dard re­mote ve­hi­cle start on au­to­matic trans­mis­sion-equipped LT, LTZ and RS mod­els

• Sedan of­fers more trunk ca­pac­ity (14.9 cu. ft. / 422 L), than the larger Honda Civic and Toy­ota Corolla; and the hatch­back and sedan of­fer bet­ter rear-seat room than Ford Fi­esta. With a rear seat that folds nearly flat, the Sonic hatch­back has greater cargo ca­pac­ity (47.7 cu. ft. / 1351 L) than Fi­esta

• Con­nec­tiv­ity ben­e­fits in­clude Chevro­let MyLink radio (stan­dard on LT, LTZ and RS), stan­dard OnS­tar with six months of Au­to­matic Crash Re­sponse, Guid­ance ser­vice, Turn-by-Turn nav­i­ga­tion and My-Chevro­let mobile app. Sir­iusXM Satel­lite Radio (with a three-month trial) is stan­dard on all but the base Sonic, along with USB and Blue­tooth stream­ing audio func­tion­al­ity

Ten stan­dard air bags, anti-lock brakes with elec­tronic brake force dis­tri­bu­tion and brake as­sist; and avail­able rear-vi­sion cam­era, For­ward Col­li­sion Alert and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing.

In 2016, Sonic de­liv­ers three new ex­te­rior col­ors — Night­fall Gray Metal­lic, Mo­saic Black Metal­lic and Ki­netic Blue Metal­lic — for a fresh, up­dated ap­pear­ance.

YOUTH­FUL, SPIR­ITED EX­TE­RIOR

The 2016 Sonic sedan and five-door hatch­back con­vey sporti­ness, strength, sta­bil­ity and re­fine­ment from ev­ery van­tage point. Per­for­mance-themed de­sign el­e­ments in­clude its wheels- at- the- cor­ners pro­por­tions, fender flares and mo­torcy- cle-in­spired round head­lamps.

Those de­sign el­e­ments are at­tuned to Chevro­let’s sig­na­ture cues, such as a dual-el­e­ment grille and round tail­lamps. The lead­ing edge of the hood forms a char­ac­ter line above the head­lamps, which flows in a sleek side pro­file char­ac­ter­ized by un­in­ter­rupted body side lines, a high belt­line and low roofline. The side mir­rors carry the same shape as the car and seem­ingly dis­ap­pear into the pro­file.

Other de­tails that re­in­force Sonic’s qual­ity and at­ten­tion to de­tail in­clude chrome grille sur­rounds and matte black hon­ey­comb grille in­serts on all mod­els. A range of wheel sizes, in­clud­ing 18-inch al­loy wheels, bol­sters its sporty de­meanor.

Sonic Dusk — an LTZ sedan-ex­clu­sive pack­age — in­cludes a Night­fall Gray Metal­lic ex­te­rior color, a unique ground ef­fects styling pack­age, satin alu­minum-style trim and 18-inch alu­minum wheels with a Pearl Nickel fin­ish.

Aside from the three new ex­te­rior col­ors for 2016, other paint op­tions in­clude Blue Vel­vet, Red Hot, Sil­ver Ice Metal­lic, Summit White and Mocha Bronze Metal­lic. For an ad­di­tional charge, buy­ers of LTZ and RS mod­els may choose premium col­ors White Di­a­mond or Crys­tal Red Tint­coat. Crys­tal Red Tint­coat is also avail­able on LT mod­els.

A SPA­CIOUS, MOD­ERN IN­TE­RIOR

The Sonic’s in­te­rior re- flects its 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.

De­pend­ing on the trim level, Sonic of­fers two va­ri­eties of cloth (LS and LT), per­fo­rated leatherette (LTZ) and leather-ap­pointed (RS) seat­ing sur­faces. In­te­rior col­ors and com­bi­na­tions in­clude Jet Black/Dark Ti­ta­nium; Jet Black/ Brick; Dark Pewter/ Dark Ti­ta­nium and Jet Black (RS).

The Sonic Dusk Pack­age of­fers an ex­clu­sive com­bi­na­tion of Jet Black leather-ap­pointed seats fea­tur­ing Mo­jave

tan sueded mi­crofiber ac­cents.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.

Func­tion­al­ity is at the cen­ter of the in­te­rior, with stor­age com­part­ments in the cen­ter stack and doors. Rear seats fold vir­tu­ally flat for car­ry­ing larger items such as sports gear. Front bucket seats are stan­dard and heated front seats are avail­able.

ONS­TAR OP­TIONS

In ad­di­tion to OnS­tar 4G with LTE and stan­dard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, Sonic comes with six months of OnS­tar Guid­ance ser­vice. OnS­tar is the global lead­ing pro- vider of con­nected safety, se­cu­rity and mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions and ad­vanced in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

OnS­tar’s Re­moteLink Mobile App al­lows smart­phone users to con­trol ve­hi­cle func­tions, ac­cess ve­hi­cle in­for­ma­tion and send di­rec­tions di­rectly to the ve­hi­cle. An opt-in ser­vice called Fam­i­lyLink al­lows sub­scribers to stay con­nected to loved ones by check­ing the lo­ca­tion of their ve­hi­cle on­line or by sign­ing up for ve­hi­cle lo­ca­tion alerts.

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