Naza Quest officially introduced the Chevrolet Sonic in Malaysia earlier today – as expected, the Thai-made B-segment offering arrives in both five-door hatch and four-door sedan forms.
Both body-styles are available in a single trim level, the LTZ, which in the Thai market is the highest specification model. The successor to the Aveo is powered by a 1.4 litre Ecotec VVT four-cylinder mill, with 99 hp at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm for numbers.
The engine is paired to a six-speed auto transmission, which features a toggle switch gear shifter located on the gearknob in much the same fashion as that found on the third-gen Ford Focus.
It’s all good enough to give the Sonic a 0-100 km/h time of 12.9 seconds and a 175 km/h top speed. Some other numbers – the sedan measures in at 4.4 metres long, while the hatch stretches the tape 4.09 metres. Width and height are the same for both, these being 1,735 mm and 1,517 mm respectively.
In terms of rear cargo space, there’s 466 litres for the sedan and 253 for the hatch, and both variants ride on similar twin-spoke 16-inch alloys wrapped with 205/55 series tyres.
Design cues include a number of motorcycle-derived elements, these being an exposed quad-bezel headlamp array as well as a digital-skewed instrument cluster readout. The interior trim is made up of grey/black Breva-pattern seats and a grey/dark titanium dashboard.
Key features include 60:40 split fold-down rear seats, a six-speaker single CD/MP3 audio system with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, replete with steering wheel audio control.
As reported previously, safety kit is made up of dual airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist as well as ISOFIX points; there’s no ESP or ESC on the list.
As for exterior shades available for the Sonic, five colours are on the list, the same as that found in Thailand. The shades are Royal Grey, Switchblade Silver, Summit White, Oceanic Blue and Black Sapphire.
Finally, pricing. Naza Quest says that the both Sonic variants go on sale now at an introductory price, and this is RM76,888 for the LTZ sedan and RM78,888 for the LTZ hatchback. The figures quoted are retail prices, not on-the-road with insurance. The Sonic comes with a 5-year or 200,000 km warranty, and the service interval for the car is 15,000 km or nine months.
We previewed the Sonic LTZ last month – read our report here.
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