Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Dean Ang | posted September 03, 2012 21:06
New subcompact now available in the Philippines
Chevrolet Philippines (The Covenant Car Company) hasn't made an formal announcement yet, but we just happened to have passed by a dealer and spotted something new: the Chevy Sonic.
The Chevy Sonic is actually the replacement of the Aveo, though the latter is still being sold as stocks are still available. According to the sales staff of Chevrolet Pasig, the Sonic has only been at their showroom for a couple of days.
The all-new model comes in two sedan variants: the LTZ Manual and the LTZ Automatic. Unusually, the price list indicates the Sonic as a notchback; another term for a car with a 3-box format (front, cabin, trunk), as opposed to a 2-box hatchback (front, cabin).
Both cars get a naturally-aspirated 1.4 liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine. The Ecotec motor is rated at 101 PS and 130 Newton-meters of torque, and is matched with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The U.S. market gets a more powerful turbocharged version of the Ecotec engine with 138 PS.
Standard features include the 'rally' style gauge pod/cluster on the steering column, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Aux/USB audio system, as well as the usual list of power and safety features for the class.
The Sonic LTZ Manual retails for PhP 778,000 while the Sonic LTZ Automatic is at PhP 828,888.