Chevrolet expanded its Sonic lineup with the addition of two new sedan models: the Sonic RS and Sonic Dusk. Both will go on sale in spring 2014 and will be manufactured at Orion Assembly in Michigan. The first of them, Sonic RS, will be priced at $20,530 including $825 destination.
The new Sonic RS sedan is offered with the same Ecotec 1.4 liter turbo engine found in the Sonic RS hatchback, which delivers a total of 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic.
There will also be a sport-tuned suspension and lowered ride height for better handling and a sportier look. Fuel economy will also be identical to the hatchback at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway on manual transmission-equipped models.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS sedan.
When compared to the rest of the lineup, the RS version features a more dramatic fascia, with a deep air-dam design and vertical intakes on the edges of the fascia.
There is a telling "RS" logo on the rear, plus a choice of three colors: Black Granite Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic or Summit White.
The interior will also be differentiated by a Jet Black trim combined with aluminum sport pedals, and a three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrasting stitching and a racing-inspired, flat-bottom design. The front bucket seats are also wrapped in leather and feature a cool red RS logo.
Chevrolet dropped its 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine in this new Sonic RS, netting the model 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels as standard, but an auto transmission with a 3.53-to-1 final drive ratio is available.
There are no details on pricing just yet, but we expect it to be the most expensive sedan variant, easily cresting the LTZ’s $19k mark.
The Fiesta is the Sonic’s arch nemesis, especially with its all-new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that puts down a mean-for-its-size 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This boosted engine should be enough to get the sedan to 60 mph in about 9 seconds.
The Fiesta SE with the 1.0-liter engine bases at $17,240.
Gallery Ford Fiesta
Sure, this isn’t anything mind blowing from Chevy, but it does eliminate the "why is there no RS sedan" question. Nice gap filling going on at GM this year.
- Finally an RS package for the Sonic sedan
- Decent fuel economy for the class
- Sporty suspension system that the competition just cannot match
- The Fiesta SE’s 1-liiter is much more fuel efficient
- Fast for its class, but it’s still slow
- Could be rather pricy for its class
Gallery Chevrolet 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 (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm). 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.