2017 Chevrolet Sonic: Freshened, features added
Making its debut in New York, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic gets a mid-cycle refresh that endows this subcompact with a bolder Chevy face and more sophisticated technology without sacrificing value. The 2017 Sonic Sedan will be offered in LS, LT and a new Premier model that replaces the current LTZ, while the Hatchback features LT/Premier trims, both fitted with the sporty RS accents also available as an option on the Sedan.
The most obvious changes to the 2017 Sonic are found up front where the face boasts a more expressive look inspired by the Chevy Cruze, Trax and Bolt EV. Flanked by new projector-beam headlamps and available LED running lights, the revamped dual grille elements lead onto a reshaped hood. Highlighting the Sonic’s more subtle rear remake are new taillamps and a new lower valance. In addition to four new colors -- Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red Tintcoat and a late-arriving Arctic Blue Metallic -- the 2017 Sonic lineup will feature new 15-inch/16-inch/17-inch wheel designs.
More upscale features
Adding more appeal to the cabin of the 2017 Sonic is a new main gauge cluster, an updated version of the Chevy MyLink infotainment system with a 7.0-inch center screen and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to seven devices. The options include Keyless Open and Start, power-adjustable driver seat and a heated steering wheel. Standard safety touches including 10 airbags Stabilitrak, and a new rearview camera are joined by available new Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.
There are no changes in store for the Sonic’s powertrain. The base 1.8-liter/138-horse naturally aspirated 4-cylinder will again be joined by the 1.4-liter turbocharged four with the same pony count but 23 lb-ft more torque. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic lineup arrives in dealers this fall and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
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