General Motors introduces new variations of Chevrolet Sonic


General Motors is introducing two new variations of the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact, a key vehicle in the automaker’s effort to reach millennials.

GM revealed the Chevrolet Sonic RS sedan and the Chevrolet Sonic Dusk today. They will go on sale in the spring. Workers at the automaker’s Orion Township assembly plant will build them.

The automaker previously sold only a hatchback version of the performance-oriented Sonic RS. The Sonic Dusk — which is set apart primarily by its color scheme and youthful design — was first shown as a concept vehicle two years ago at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

“Keeping the Sonic lineup fresh and offering consumers more choice is a priority for Chevrolet,” said Cristi Landy, marketing director for Chevrolet small cars, in a statement. “The Sonic RS and Dusk sedans offer all of the great attributes that have made the Sonic a popular choice, and they add performance and design cues.”

The Sonic Dusk boasts distinct ashen grey metallic paint, providing inspiration for the name, and a ground-effects package consisting of a rear spoiler and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The RS sedan’s front fascia features a “deep air dam design that enhances the car’s road-hugging stance,” according to GM’s press release. It’s available in black granite, silver ice or summit white.

Both vehicles get a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 138-hp and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The RS manual gets 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 in the city, while the Dusk manual gets 40 on the highway and 29 in the city.

The 2014 Sonic RS sedan starts at $20,530, including a $825 destination charge, while the Sonic Dusk starts at $20,945.

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