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Returning Chevrolet Sonic Ditches an Unloved Engine

2017 Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet’s small Sonic hatchback and sedan, built alongside a electric Bolt during General Motors’ Orion Assembly Plant, will lapse for a 2019 indication year with a important powertrain change. We already knew a 2019 chronicle of a Sonic — rumored to be on a chopping retard — was a go (thanks to California Air Resources Board acceptance docs), yet a essence of an sequence beam now uncover larger customary torque than a 2018 model.

Notice we pronounced torque, not horsepower. 

That’s given for 2019, a Sonic ditches a never-talked-about bottom 1.8-liter four-cylinder in preference of a turbocharged unit. An sequence beam seen by GMAuthority shows a entry-level engine, once offering in a first-generation Cruze, disappears, and along with it a 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque.

In a place is a engine accessible as an ascent given a Sonic’s 2012 debut: a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four generating 138 hp yet a most healthier 148 lb-ft of torque. This engine also sets adult emporium in a Trax crossover, yet it left from a Cruze for that model’s second generation. A choice of six-speed primer or involuntary sojourn turn out a returning delivery choices.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic, Image: General Motors

Other changes to a 2019 Sonic are minor. Two paint colors bit a dust — Ivy Metallic and Arctic Blue Metallic — yet in their place a new tone (“Shock”) enters a palette. Don’t design a resigned hue. Buyers will no longer have a Fun and Sun Package on their options list, so contend goodbye to that turbo/sunroof/painted circle combo.

In even some-more teenager news, a Sonic LT sedan, when versed with involuntary transmission, loses a customary remote start. Buyers can supplement that underline behind around a LT trim’s Convenience Package.

Greater customary turn is a good thing, yet it’s disputable either a 2019 upgrades will convince many buyers to take a second demeanour during Sonic. The model’s sales have slipped invariably for years. Sonic’s 2017’s total was reduction than one-third of 2014’s volume, and this year hasn’t brought any improvements. Year-to-date, Sonic sales fell 41.2 percent compared to a same duration final year.

While a Sonic stages a lapse for 2019, it’s tough to see a indication flourishing most longer but a miscarry in sales.

[Images: General Motors]

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