Due for South African release in the first quarter of 2014, GMSA is set to reveal the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS at the upcoming Johannesburg International Motor Show.
Although the sporty hatchback won't compete against segment leaders such as the Ford Fiesta ST, it's expected to provide an alternetive for those looking for performance and sporty looks.
Tuned for performanceThe five-door hatchback will be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine packing 103kW of power and 200Nm of torque. Coupled to an uprated suspension, the Sonic RS also features improved handling to match the boosted performance – and is the only vehicle in its segment to offer turbocharged power.
Besides the engine upgrade, the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS comes with a number of updated exterior features that give it the more-aggressive look inspired by the Aveo RS concept that debuted in Detroit in 2010.
Also, there are number of details that differentiate it from its siblings – which include dark painted 17-inch alloy wheels sporting a unique design and additional RS badging, redesigned fog lights with an RS specific grille, red interior detailing with a new sports steering wheel, new aluminium sports dials and seats, as well as a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.
According to Chevrolet Brand Manager, Tim Hendon, “the RS badge forms the first level of performance-oriented nomenclature within the model naming hierarchy at Chevrolet - making the Sonic RS a very special car. It will certainly add some interesting flavour to the Sonic product portfolio in South Africa next year.”