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The Chevy Sonic Receives Several Changes for the 2020 Model Year

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The Sonic loses its manual transmission, but gains a new set of exterior colors

2017 Chevrolet Sonic RS Hatchback
The changes for the Chevy Sonic are few, but significant
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The Chevrolet Sonic is one of the rare small cars in General Motors’ lineup to survive the recent wave of cancellations for that segment. While there are persistent rumors that the Sonic is on the way out, Chevrolet has said nothing to confirm these reports.

In fact, the Chevy Sonic is even receiving some changes for the 2020 model year.

The largest change for the Chevy Sonic heading into the 2020 model year is the loss of its manual transmission. This change hardly comes as a surprise, as manual transmission are rapidly disappearing as an option across the automotive industry.

The Sonic’s engine will stay the same: a 1.4-liter I4 engine capable of producing up to 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

The Sonic’s other significant changes come in the form of its exterior color options. The Orange Burst Metallic and Shock hues have been eliminated from the Sonic’s lineup.

Fortunately, the hatchback version of the vehicle will receive two new color schemes: Oasis Blue and Cayenne Orange Metallic. These paint jobs will cost extra for customers who want them to adorn their Sonic Hatchback.

Beyond the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Sonic’s future remains unclear. The Sonic has already been eliminated from Chevrolet’s Canadian lineup, where it had even less success than it finds in the U.S.

For the time being, however, U.S. customers still have access to this affordable Chevrolet option. Unfortunately, if those same customers are looking for a subcompact equipped with a manual transmission, they will have to look elsewhere.

News Source: GM Authority