Chevrolet introduces 2013 Sonic RS

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Chevrolet's Sonic sub-compact car first came to market earlier this year and garnered attention with its sharp styling and modern interior. Now, Chevrolet has announced a performance-oriented RS version of the Sonic which will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14.

"The new Chevrolet Sonic RS pushes Chevrolet's performance heritage in a new direction, for a new generation of drivers," said Chris Perry, Vice President of Global Chevrolet Marketing. "It takes the Sonic's great design and latest connectivity features and combines them with a more performance-oriented look and feel."

Chevrolet's 2013 Sonic RS receives new front and rear fascias, an RS-specific grille, a rear spoiler, a retuned sport exhaust, 17-inch five-spoke wheels, a lower and stiffer suspension, RS badging and more. Exterior colours include Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic, Black Granite Metallic and Victory Red.

Inside, the Sonic RS include front sport seats, a sport steering wheel, aluminum pedals, a new shifter knob for the manual transmission, RS-specific interior trim and bespoke instrument cluster graphics.

A MyLink infotainment system comes standard in the Sonic RS and makes use of a 7-inch touch screen radio. The touch screen also displays navigation directions from smart phones and can even play videos and photo albums so long as the vehicle is stopped.

Power for the Sonic RS comes from a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. While acceleration times have not been released as yet, don't expect this Chevrolet to be quite so fast as its namesake implies – the same engine in the Sonic LTZ gives 0-100 km/h times of just over 8 seconds. Exclusive to the Sonic RS are four-wheel disc brakes featuring a four-channel anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution.

Originally introduced at last year's Detroit auto show as a concept car, the 2013 Sonic RS will debut in  production-ready form at the 2012 show in January. When it goes on sale, the Sonic RS will be one of just a few performance-oriented sub-compact cars on the market.

"The Sonic RS remains true to the progressive spirit of the concept and brings an unmistakable attitude to the segment," said John Mack, design director for the Sonic. "From every angle and every touch point, it is a car that is unabashed in its performance statement – and one that drives Chevrolet's performance legacy into its second century."

Chevrolet's 2013 Sonic RS will go on sale in late 2012.
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Topics: Chevrolet, 2013, Sonic RS, Subcompact,

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