The Chevrolet Sonic has been in need of a redesign for quite some time now as it has long stood out like a sore thumb in the automaker’s lineup with its odd circular headlights slapped in exposed bezels and the equally funky circular pattern on the taillights. There was nothing ugly about the Sonic, per se, it just didn’t match with the latest design language. Today, Chevy revealed the restyled 2017 Sonic, which boasts a look that is more similar to the rest of the lineup.
The bulk of the body remains the same when compared to the 2016 model, but the front and rear ends underwent significant overhauls. Up front, the circular headlights are replaced by single-piece units that closely mimic those we saw on the recently unveiled Trax and Bolt. Also all-new is the front bumper, which gains revised fog light housings, the upper and lower grilles, and the hood. Around back, the Sonic gains new, more traditional taillights, a new bumper with new reflectors, and a new rear diffuser.
The cabin is not without its updates too, but they are far less significant than the body. In here, buyers are treated to a new gauge cluster, a revised 7-inch infotainment system, available 4G LTE WiFi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available keyless start and stop, and available heated cloth seats.
The 2017 Sonic carries on with the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and optional 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-pot.
Chevy failed to mention when the Sonic will be available, but we’ll likely learn more at the New York Auto Show, which kicks off in just a few days.