Ever since the second-generation Chevrolet Sonic burst onto the scene in 2011, we’ve seen the loveable hatchback become a staple at the SEMA Auto Show. We’ve seen it dress up as the Rocky Carmichael All-Activity Concept. We’ve seen it show up as the Sonic Boom Concept. Heck, we’ve even seen it come to SEMA as the Z-Spec 4D Concept. This year, the Sonic returns to the biggest aftermarket show in the world in the guise of the Sonic Performance Concept.

It doesn’t have quite the flashy name as its predecessors, but the Sonic Performance Concept is actually less of a showpiece prototype and more of a performance-tuned, ready-to-be-produced hatchback. To be clear, Chevy hasn’t said anything about sending the Sonic Performance Concept to dealerships, but it’s not far-fetched to imagine it happening soon.

The Sonic Performance Concept features a laundry list of upgrades to its appearance, suspension, and engine performance. The concept was created to showcase how the Sonic can appeal to a new generation of young enthusiasts by drawing on the company’s legacy of high-performance capabilities.

I would love to see the Sonic Performance Concept get turned into a production model, even if it’s in a limited capacity.

Hopefully, Chevy realizes the same thing with what it has with this SEMA-bound Sonic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Sonic Performance Concept.

Chevrolet Sonic Performance Concept in detail

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It’s got new white headlamp and taillight rings, a new grille surround, new mirror covers, and a new rear spoiler.

There are plenty of interesting details to go around so let’s begin with the bevy of new Chevrolet Accessories the Sonic Performance Concept received. It’s got new white headlamp and taillight rings, a new grille surround, new mirror covers, and a new rear spoiler. These new components were installed and together, the body was given a Synergy Green exterior color, complemented by white, offset racing stripes. The Sonic’s known to be a fan of these racing stripes, so it’s not surprising that the Sonic Performance Concept has its own to brag about.

In addition, Chevrolet also fitted the concept with a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels and, a ground effects package, and an interior with new door sills, sports, pedals, and carpeted floor mats.

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The Sonic Performance Concept was given a Performance Stage Kit, which includes a new cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system.

With this concept looking so good, it was only appropriate that Chevy gave is a mild performance bump. Chevrolet answered the bell, sort of. The Sonic Performance Concept was given a Performance Stage Kit, which includes a new cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system. I said ‘sort of’ because the company didn’t announce how much added power the kit gave to the Sonic. Judging by the added elements, I presume it’s not much, but enough to make a difference.

A Chevrolet Performance-developed, track-tuned suspension system was also added, lowering the Sonic’s ride height to give it a sportier stance.

Last but certainly not least, the concept also got an advanced safety package that includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and a rearview camera.

Chevrolet Sonic

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The second-generation Chevrolet Sonic made its debut in 2011 and since then, it’s been regarded as one of the most popular American hot hatchbacks. Chevrolet most recently gave the Sonic an update in 2013, revising its styling to better compete with other hatches.

The Sonic gets the added benefit of having a number of engine options, beginning with a base setup that features a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed transmission.

A turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is also offered. The output numbers are the same but the turbocharged powertrain launches the hatch to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds, almost two seconds faster than the 1.8-liter variant. Both versions have an estimated top speed of 120 mph.

Prices for the 2014 Sonic begin at $14,185.

Press Release

This performance-oriented Sonic hatchback concept draws on the legacy of Chevrolet’s high-performance vehicles reimagined for a new generation of enthusiasts. The Sonic Performance concept features engine performance, suspension/brakes and appearance upgrades designed to be installed by Chevrolet dealers for quicker and easier personalization.

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The Performance concept package includes:

A Chevrolet Performance Stage Kit, cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system allowing the 1.4L turbo engine to produce more power for a more exciting driving experience
A track-tuned suspension system developed by Chevrolet Performance. The suspension kit lowers the ride height for a sportier stance
Synergy Green exterior color accented with white, offset stripe package
Chevrolet Accessories white headlamp rings, tail lamp rings, grille surround, mirror covers and rear spoiler
Concept ground effects package
Chevrolet Accessories 17-inch aluminum wheels in white
Chevrolet Accessories carpeted floor mats, door sills and sport pedals.

The Sonic Performance concept features an advanced safety package including forward collision alert and lane departure warning – crash-avoidance technologies typically found on cars costing more – as well as a rear vision camera. It also features 10 standard air bags and Bluetooth phone connectivity – just like every production Sonic in the 2015 lineup.

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