“Following on its first public showing in South Africa at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, Chevrolet’s all new Sonic Hatch has now been officially launched by General Motors South Africa, GMSA. This exciting new small car from Chevrolet is available in LS trim with a choice of either a 1,4 litre or 1,6 litre petrol engines.
The first new model from Chevrolet based on GM’s ‘Gamma’ new global front wheel drive passenger car architecture, the Sonic 5-door hatch offers not only a high level of quality – aimed at achieving best-in-segment standards – and exciting interior and exterior styling, but also a high level of comfort and safety specifications.
The Sonic Hatch 1.4 LS is powered by Chevrolet’s new generation 1.4 litre four-cylinder double overhead camshaft engine with variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust camshafts for an excellent balance between performance and economy. This engine produces 74kW @ 6000 r/min with maximum torque of 130Nm @ 4000 r/min. The combined cycle fuel economy measured by Chevrolet engineers for this model is just 5,8 l/100km.
The larger engine Sonic Hatch 1.6 LS also features a new generation four-cylinder engine from Chevrolet, again, a 16-valve, dual overhead camshaft engine with variable valve timing for both inlet and exhaust. Maximum power for this engine is 85kW @ 6000 r/min with peak torque of 155Nm delivered at 4000 r/min. The combined cycle for this model, again as measured by Chevrolet engineers, is 6,5 l/100km.” read the full official release.
A few other views from journalists at the launch:
“Chev Sonic booms into SA” – Wheels24.
“First drive: Chevrolet Sonic Hatch” – SA Car Fan.
“Chevrolet Sonic hatches in SA” – CAR Mag.
“Chevy’s new Sonic hatch driven” – IOL Motoring.
“Sonic booms twice” – Iafrica Motoring.