2012 Chevrolet SonicEnlarge Photo
Debuting at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic small sedan and five-door hatchback (replacing the outgoing Aveo) promises a fun-to-drive experience backed by available turbocharged performance. Standard engine is naturally-aspirated 135-horsepower Ecotec 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. But the real fun is expected to be the 138-horsepower Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo with six-speed manual gearbox. The turbo is the same engine used in the Chevy Cruze, but in a lighter, smaller package for better performance.
The small car also boasts standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing and electronic power steering. The Sonic has 10 standard airbags, along with ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response. Chevy says the Sonic sedan has segment-best trunk capacity, and hatchback and sedan have more rear-seat roominess than Ford Fiesta. With a nearly fold-flat rear seat, the Sonic hatchback has more cargo space than Ford Fiesta. Also available are features rarely found in this segment, including sunroof, heated front seats and remote start.
Check out more details on the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic by reading Marty Padgett’s preview.
2012 Hyundai VelosterEnlarge Photo
No doubt Hyundai is taking a new direction with the introduction in Detroit last month of the 2012 Veloster – a three-door coupe in the compact segment. In essence, the Veloster sports a coupe’s design and offers the functionality of a hatchback with its passenger-side forward-hinged rear door. An all-new 1.6-liter Gamma gasoline direct injection engine delivers 138 peak horsepower and is paired with either the standard six-speed manual or all-new six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) that Hyundai developed. Hyundai expects the Veloster to get up to 40 mpg highway fuel economy – better than the Honda CR-Z hybrid.
Also included as standard are multi-function seven-inch touch screen display with integrated Pandora Internet radio and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics platform. Safety features include six standard airbags, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution. The Veloster is backed by the automaker’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. There’s more Veloster information contained in this preview from the Detroit Auto Show.