Next week at the New York Auto Show, Chevy will officially unveil the new Sonic Z Spec. Enthusiasts everywhere will yawn, since the Z Spec package includes graphics and appearance accessories only. You can add a flashy vinyl wrap package, a rear spoiler, a ground effects package and either 16 inch or 17 inch painted alloy wheels. If you want mirror caps or chrome exhaust tips, you can order those from the Z Spec catalog, as well as custom sill plates and aluminum pedals for the inside. What you can’t get is anything to make the car go faster, handle better or stop quicker.
The Sonic replaces the outgoing Chevy Aveo, and will be in your local dealership by the end of the year. The new subcompact will feature a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine good for 138 horsepower when mated to a five speed manual transmission, or 135 horsepower when bolted to Chevy’s six speed automatic. Fuel economy figures have yet to be approved, but Chevy expects the Sonic to return over 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Unlike the outgoing Chevy Aveo, which was built by GM Daewoo in South Korea, the new Sonic will become the only subcompact built in the United States, at Chevy’s facility in Orion Township, Michigan.