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RS and Dusk sedan join Chevy's Sonic lineup

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

The Chevy Sonic RS sedan and the Sonic Dusk sedan will join the bow tie's lineup of small city commuter cars next spring. Both start at just more than $20,000.

The Sonic RS sedan will take the styling cues of the RS hatchback, including the deep air dam in the front fascia, aluminum sport pedals, flat-bottom steering wheel and leather seats with red accents. Chevy says the special edition Sonics will initially be offered in three colors: white, silver and black.

Also like the RS hatch, the sedan will use a 1.4-liter turbocharged motor, making 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual-equipped version gets special gearing while the automatic version will have a final drive ratio of 3.53. Fuel economy is impressive at 27 mpg city and 34 highway with the manual.

A lowered, sport-tuned suspension enhances driving feel.

The Dusk was first shown at the SEMA show in 2011. It wears a ground-effects package, rear spoiler and 18-inch aluminum wheels with a silver-matte finish. The only exterior option is Ashen Gray Metallic, with a matte appearance on the upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim. Lower window moldings are done in stainless steel.

The same 1.4-liter that's in the RS is also in the Dusk, making the equivalent 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Fuel ratings for this car are 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

Chevy also announced a handful of performance parts for the Sonic in 2014. They include the 1.4-liter Turbo Stage Kit that adds 10 hp and 15 pounds of twist; a cold-air induction system; suspension kit with a lower ride height; upgraded brakes with Wilwood front calipers; and an 18-inch wheel and tire package. These parts join the appearance accessories announced earlier this year.

By Jake Lingeman