First photos of the facelifted Chinese-market Chevrolet Aveo, better known to you and me as the Chevrolet Sonic, have been released. The GM B-segment hatchback and sedan has been given a makeover that is reminiscent of its new big brother, the Cruze.

At the front, there is a new, narrow-set grille (the bow tie logo has moved up from in between the upper and lower grilles), a trapezoidal lower grille with integrated bumper bar, downturned chrome accents around the fog light surrounds and more conventional headlights that replace the exposed motorcycle-inspired pods on the previous model. Slim side indicators have been integrated into the wing mirrors.

Meanwhile, the circular tail light and indicator/reverse light combo has been ditched for a cleaner, more conventional look. The number plate holder has also been redesigned, while the rear bumper has been revised and now features a black valence piece. A new eight-spoke wheel design completes the makeover.


No interior images have been shown just yet, but a peek through the windscreen reveals a new cowl for the instrument panel, which means the funky bike-esque binnacle of the current car could also be replaced. No technical details either, but expect the current engines – Ecotec units ranging from 1.2 to 1.8 litres (ours is a 1.4) – and five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions to soldier on.

The new Chevrolet Aveo is set to be launched in June in a sedan bodystyle first, with the hatchback (only a single photo of which has been shown so far) following a month later. As with the Cruze – the new model was launched in Beijing last month around the same time a facelifted version of the current car was unveiled in New York – it is unclear whether this model will arrive on our shores.