The all-new Chevrolet Sonic RS has just officially launched in South Africa, sporting high levels of specification and enhanced design elements.
Turbocharged performanceThe new Sonic RS is equipped with a 1.4-litre turbocharged ECOTEC petrol engine which delivers 103 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. Power is sent through the front wheels via a six speed manual gearbox.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h takes place in 9.5 seconds to reach a top speed of 197 km/h, while fuel consumption is rated at just 6.6-litres/100 km on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 155 g/km.
Tuned suspension, which takes shape in the form of a MacPherson strut design up front and a multi-link setup at the rear, allows for improved handling especially under sportier conditions. The Sonic RS further features a lower ride height with stiffer suspension and performance-tuned dampers to deliver a communicative and firm-yet-comfortable ride.
Enhanced design elementsThe new Sonic can be identified by its aggressive front bumper flagged by expressive and angular fog lights with chrome detailing, gunmetal-painted 17-inch alloy wheels, new side skirts and black-painted door mirrors with integrated LED indicators.
At the rear, the motorcycle-inspired tail lights are joined by a new roof spoiler, an accented rear diffuser with a striking trapezoidal exhaust tip and special Sonic RS badging.
The interior boasts red detailing with a new sports steering wheel, new aluminium sports dials and seats decorated in RS emblems, high-resolution 7-inch touch screen, as well as a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. An upgraded rev counter also features an RS badge, while the centre console features piano black finishes.
Safety equipment includes disc brakes all-round with ABS, EBD and BAS, ESC and Traction Control, a full-size spare wheel, ISOFIX child seat anchors and four airbags.
Chevrolet Sonic RS price in South AfricaThe new Sonic RS retails for R225 300 and is available as standard with a 5-year/ 120 000 km warranty and a 3-year/ 60 000 km service plan linked to service intervals of 15 000 km.
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