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Dusk to add refinement to Sonic lineup

Last year's Chevrolet Sonic Dusk concept to become a production model

Published: October 26, 2012, 3:15 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:57 PM

2013 Chevrolet Sonic Dusk - Front - SEMA

Chevrolet will introduce a new, "production-intent" addition to its sub-compact Sonic lineup at the 2012 SEMA Show, which opens on October 30 in Las Vegas.

The Sonic Dusk sedan is designed to bring a higher degree of sophistication and refinement to the sub-compact segment, General Motors says.

"Just like we’ve done with Corvettes and Camaros, we’re taking another one of our core products and adapting it to our customers’ lifestyles," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing in the U.S. "We’re moving quickly to bring Sonic Dusk to Chevrolet showrooms."

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The Sonic Dusk first appeared as a concept at last year's SEMA show, to "overwhelmingly positive" response, according to Perry. That reaction proved that customers are interested in a more-refined sub-compact, the company concluded.

Sonic sedan buyers are also looking at exterior styling as a key purchase driver, GM has determined. Ergo, the Dusk, production version.

This year's SEMA show car is said to feature a production-intent package with ground effects, a rear spoiler and large, 18-inch aluminum wheels with Pearl Nickel finish.

Upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear licence plate trim are finished with a matte appearance and stainless steel lower window mouldings accent the body's Ashen Grey colour.

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Inside, Jet Black leather-trimmed seats feature suede accents and Mojave tan inserts and complementing instrument panel and door trim.

The Sonic Dusk is powered by GM's Ecotec 1.litre turbocharged engine, rated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm.

The engine is mated with a six-speed transmission – either manual or automatic – when it goes into production.

No word yet on when the Dusk will be available for purchase.