The current iteration of the Chevy Sonic arrived back in 2010, replacing the Aveo. It made a major step forward compared to its predecessor by offering more sophisticated convenience and safety features. However, the demand for compact vehicles has plunged over the last several years thanks to low gas prices. Now, rumor has it that the American automaker is getting ready to launch the next-generation Sonic for 2018. Several different sources hint that the redesigned model should ride on an updated Gamma platform. Expect also the upcoming redesign to bring visual changes as well as notable technological enhancements. The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic is most likely to go on sale in late 2017 or early 2018.
2018 Chevrolet Sonic Changes
As mentioned, the all-new Sonic will be underpinned by a new version of GM’s Gamma platform.In fact, it will share the architecture with the new Chevrolet Bolt EV. The brand new underpinnings will result in significant weight reductions as well as improved driving dynamics. In terms of proportions, don’t expect the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic to stray far from the ongoing model. Details concerning the future model’s exterior styling are still scarce. However, we expect it to adopt a much more contemporary design that brings it closer to Chevy’s global lineup.
When it comes to interior design, expect the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic to bring more than just cosmetic changes. It is likely to get a new cabin layout with plenty of improved materials. We also expect the third-generation Sonic to benefit from GM’s latest safety and infotainment technology. Just like the 2017 Chevy Sonic, the upcoming model will be offered in both hatchback and sedan variants.
2018 Chevy Sonic Specs
There will be no dramatic changes when it comes to the Sonic’s mechanical department. It will very likely use either a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine or a small turbocharged unit. Rumor has it that a three-cylinder powertrain could be added to the mix as well. As for the transmission offerings, we expect the new Sonic to have six-speed automatic and six-speed manual gearboxes at its disposal. More detailed reports on its drivetrain will hopefully surface in the coming months.
With the upcoming redesign, Chevy hopes to make its entry-level sedan option much more appealing than it currently is. However, it’s not clear whether the company will move its production from the Michigan plant to Mexico. In any case, we’ll be happy to share new details as soon as they hit the web.