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Chevrolet Sonic Receives a New Base Engine and Color for the 2019 Model Year

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2017 Chevrolet Sonic RS Hatchback

Not only is the Chevy Sonic not discontinued, but it’s also receiving some changes

As we first reported yesterday, rumors of the Chevrolet Sonic’s immediate demise appear to have been a bit premature. Chevrolet reportedly still plans to sell the Sonic during the 2019 model year.

The 2019 Chevy Sonic will not be without its fair share of changes, both interior and exterior.

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Arguably the largest change for the Chevy Sonic during the 2019 model year is the introduction of Chevy’s Turbo 1.4-liter LUV engine as the new standard powertrain for the Sonic. This Turbo engine replaces the Sonic’s previous 1.8-liter LUW I4 base engine.

Previously, the 1.4-liter LUV engine was offered as an available option for the Sonic. While both the 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter engines offer 138 horsepower, the 1.4-liter engine’s 148 lb-ft of torque outranks the 125 lb-ft of torque offered by the 1.8-liter option.

2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The Sonic’s new base engine supplies it with a little more torque

As for the Sonic’s exterior, the compact model is losing two of its exterior hues while gaining a new one. The Ivy Metallic and Arctic Blue Metallic colors will be replaced with a new exterior shade named Shock.

The Sonic’s Fun and Sun Package is also on the way out. Said package offered 17-inch painted aluminum wheels and a power sunroof.

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Finally, some of the features for the Sonic’s keyless entry system and remote vehicle starter system are set to receive some upgrades. The remote start technology will also be added to the Sonic’s convenience package.

While all of these details prove that the Chevy Sonic isn’t going to vanish before the 2019 model year, the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic might just be the last entry for Chevy’s signature subcompact.

News Source: GM Authority