2014 Chevrolet Sonic Dusk
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Mid-2013
Expected Pricing: Just under $20,000
Chevrolet has injected a little bit of bad into its subcompact sedan. This newest version, which debuted as a concept at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, is a sportier, tougher-looking Sonic complete with 18-inch wheels, a new grille treatment, chrome exhaust tips and a dusk-hued paint job, dubbed Ashen Grey.
Essentially, a sportier version of the Sonic LTZ, the Sonic Dusk is powered by the same 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four found on current Sonic LT and LTZ models, good for 138-horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The Sonic Dusk will come with a 6-speed manual transmission (as opposed to the 5-speed found on other Sonic models), or a 6-speed automatic.
Inside you'll find a black and Mojave Brown color scheme, sport seats with black leather trim, and brown stitching along the instrument panel and door inserts. Chevrolet's MyLink touchscreen interface comes standard, which pairs with compatible smartphones and allows audio streaming via Bluetooth with Pandora, among other features.
Like other Sonics, the Dusk will come standard with 10 airbags, including seat-mounted thorax side-impact, head curtain and knee airbags. Other nice touches not often found standard on subcompact cars include a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and 60/40 folding rear seats.
Pricing or an exact release date hasn't been announced, but GM says it is working to get this top-of-the-line Sonic to dealers soon. Our best guess is that it could arrive sometime in mid-2013. And all that fancy styling doesn't come cheap. We expect pricing will be slightly above the Sonic LTZ, which begins at $19,375 with the automatic transmission.