If you like the design of Chevy’s latest Cruze, Trax and new Bolt EV, then you’ll like the refresh of the youth-oriented 2017 Sonic. Chevy unveiled the small compact car Friday ahead of next week’s New York Auto Show.
There are two models, a sedan and a hatchback. They both get new, sportier, front and rear fascias with more chrome trim around the upper and lower grilles. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, along with available LED daytime running lamps. Drivers can choose between 15-, 16- and 17-inch wheel designs.
The sedan comes in LS, LT and Premier trims. The hatchback returns exclusively as an RS offered in LT and Premier trims. The RS gives you special logo floor mats, a piano black decor, RS-badged flat-bottom steering wheel and a new, red cloth seating is available. You can also opt for the RS package on the sedan.
Inside, Chevy’s MyLink system hooks you up with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Wi-Fi hotspot allows passengers to connect up to seven compatible devices. It comes with Keyless Open and Start, and Rear Park Assist is also new. A heated steering wheel is available and it comes with a standard 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen for the new MyLink system. A new, detailed gauge cluster incorporates an analog speedometer and replaces the digital one for 2016. Chevy says it’s also the first car in its segment to offer power seats.
In terms of colors, four new ones are offered for 2017: Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red Tintcoat and Arctic Blue Metallic.
Chevy says like the new Trax, the Sonic brings new, younger customers to the brand, with more than 20 percent of them younger than 35 – and nearly 30 percent trading in non-GM vehicles. The Sonic is also Chevrolet’s top vehicle for first-time new buyers.