The Aveo-replacement Chevrolet Sonic was launched in Thailand and Malaysia last year with a 1.4 litre engine. The little Ecotec was selected because it fell under the 1.5L limit the Thai government set for its first-time car-buyer scheme. The scheme is over now, and in comes a bigger 1.6 litre engine.

The Sonic 1.6 is powered by a new E85-capable DOHC Ecotec engine with 115 hp and 155 Nm, which compares well with the 99 hp/130 Nm of the 1.4. Like before, the DCVC (Double Continuous Variable Cam-phasing) engine is paired to a six-speed automatic with +/- buttons on the gear lever. The Sonic 1.6 is the first car in the segment to offer E85 gasohol capability.

Engine aside, the Sonic 1.6 adds on Chevrolet MyLink, this brand’s latest-generation infotainment system. Like Ford Sync, once connected to a smartphone, the six-speaker system can access online content and streaming audio. It also features voice recognition and voice calls. Everything is shown on a seven-inch, colour touch-screen display.

Read our Chevrolet Sonic launch report and first drive report.