Here are the official pics of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. The Sonic is the replacement for the Aveo, and at least from the looks of it, this is a great improvement.
Available in sedan and hatchback, the Sonic will be powered by a standard 1.8-liter engine making 135 hp and 123 ft./lbs. of torque. The bigger news is the availability of the 1.4-liter Ecotec turbo engine. Although this mill cranks out 138 hp—only three more horsepower than the normally aspirated 1.8 liter—it generates 148 ft./lbs. of torque. Both engines will be 16-valve, DOHC units. In fact, these are the same engines found in the larger Chevrolet Cruze. The 1.8 will be available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed auto; the 1.4 liter will get the six-speed manual. FYI, both engines will run on 87 octane; no premium fuel needed. Mileage figures haven't been released.
Suspension wise, you'll get an independent front and torsion rear. Brakes will be disc front, drum rear with ABS, of course. You'll also be able to get factory 17" wheels/tires, too. Curb weights haven't been released.
On the inside, the Sonic looks very nice—head, neck, and shoulders above the current Aveo. Sonics will have digital speedos, analog tachs, "tubular" outboard climate outlets, and other modern-like goodies.
Overall, I'm really looking forward to this one. And who would've thought Chevrolet would have the "hot turbo hatch" offering in the U.S.? Oh and by the way, this one will be made in the U.S., not Korea.