LA Auto Show: 2014 Chevy Sonic RS and Dusk Sedans Unveiled
Chevy today announced two new sedan options for 2014 – the performance-inspired RS and the stylish Dusk. Keeping the Sonic fresh is one of Chevy’s main goals and we commend them for the superb effort.
The 2014 Sonic RS sedan starts at $20,530 including destination. Sonic Dusk starts at $20,945 including destination.
Sonic RS sedan
The performance-inspired Sonic RS sedan joins the RS hatchback in the lineup and is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Unique transmission gearing in the six-speed manual, or a 3.53 final drive ratio for automatic-equipped models, along with a sport-tuned suspension and lowered ride height, enhances the car’s performance feel.
One of the most dramatic Sonic RS cues is its front fascia, which has a deep air dam design that enhances the car’s road-hugging stance. Vertical intakes at the edges of the fascia reinforce a wide, low proportion and house the fog lamps. Interior refinements include:
Aluminum sport pedals
A sport three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrasting stitching, and a racing-inspired flat-bottom design
Leather-appointed front bucket seats with red RS accents to the sportier appearance.
EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are the same as the Sonic RS hatchback – 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the manual transmission.
The Sonic RS sedan will initially be available in three color combinations: Black Granite Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic or Summit White, all with Jet Black leather-appointed interiors.
The Sonic Dusk sedan, first shown as a concept at the 2011 SEMA Show, brings sophistication and style to the subcompact market. Unique exterior appointments include a ground effects package, rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum wheels with a Midnight Silver matte finish and four-wheel disc brakes – unique to Dusk and RS.
The Sonic Dusk comes exclusively in Ashen Grey Metallic, with a distinctive matte appearance on the upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim. Stainless steel lower window moldings add an upscale accent to the body. Inside are Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with sueded microfiber accents and Mojave tan inserts.
Sonic Dusk is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine, rated at 138 horsepower and matched with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, with the manual transmission.
Also new in 2014, Chevrolet is introducing performance parts that enhance Sonic’s handling, braking and performance. The Chevrolet Performance parts include:
-1.4L Turbo Stage Kit with high-flow exhaust boosting the car up 10 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque
-Suspension kit with lowered ride height
-Brake package with Wilwood front calipers
-18-inch wheel-and-tire package.
Both models go on sale in the spring of 2014 and will be manufactured at Orion Assembly in Michigan. Sonic is the only subcompact assembled in America.