Set to make public debut at the upcoming NAIAS, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS comes with unique exterior and interior features and a 138 hp Ecotec 1.4-litre turbo engine. The car will go on sale in late 2012 and is the only car in the segment to offer a turbocharged powertrain.
The Sonic RS is only offered in five-door model and adds MyLink infotainment system as standard feature. The exterior features for the Chevy Sonic RS includes: new front fascia with new fog lamp design, RS-specific grille, new rear fascia, new rear spoiler, new rocker moldings, unique mirror cap finish, retuned sport exhaust with chrome outlet, 17-inch five-spoke wheel, lowered and stiffened suspension with performance-tuned dampers and RS badging. The Sonic RS will be available in Victory Red, Summit White, Cyber Gray Metallic and Black Granite Metallic (new for 2013).
Inside, the new Sonic RS features new front sport seats, new sport steering wheel with thicker rim and flat-bottom design, new shifter knob, aluminum sport pedals, specific instrument panel cluster graphics and RS specific interior trim color for the instrument panel and door trim inserts.
At the heart of Chevrolet Sonic RS is a standart Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine producing power output of 138 hp and 148 lb.-ft. (200 Nm) of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Unique gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission and unique final drive ratio for the automatic give the Sonic RS a sportier feel than non-RS models.
More equipments that makes Chevy Sonic RS even more sportier includes MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar and a semi independent, torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension. The new RS is the only Sonic model offered with four-wheel disc brakes, which are partnered with a four-channel anti-lock braking system. Electric power steering also comes as standard equipment.