Chevrolet showed off a pair of new Sonic sedans at the LA Auto Show, giving the new RS Sedan and Dusk their official auto show debuts. The RS is kind of a known quantity, adding the same tweaks found on the RS Hatch, including new wheels, a body kit, tweaked suspension and a few racy bits in the interior.

The Dusk is a different deal altogether. Based on the Dusk Concept that was shown at SEMA last year, it wears Ashen Gray Metallic paint and a set of slick, Midnight Silver matte 18-inch wheels. The interior features black leather and sueded tan microfiber. By and large, it's what we reported earlier this week.

Both cars are make use of the Sonic's 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, complete with 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and can be fitted with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

We've got live images of both the Sonic RS Sedan and the Dusk, in addition to the stock photos provided by Chevy. Take a look below for the full press release on both cars.
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Chevrolet Introduces Two New Sedans to Sonic Family
Emphasizes brand's commitment to growing subcompact segment

LOS ANGELES – Chevrolet today announced two new sedan options to the Sonic lineup in 2014 – the performance-inspired RS and the stylish Dusk – further demonstrating the brand's commitment to the subcompact segment and to offering younger buyers expressive options at affordable prices.

The suggested retail price for the 2014 Sonic RS sedan starts at $20,530 including $825 destination. Sonic Dusk starts at $20,945 including destination. Title and license fees are extra.

"Keeping the Sonic lineup fresh and offering consumers more choice is a priority for Chevrolet," said Cristi Landy, marketing director for Chevrolet small cars. "The Sonic RS and Dusk sedans offer all of the great attributes that have made the Sonic a popular choice in the subcompact segment and they add performance and design cues."

Sonic RS sedan
The performance-inspired Sonic RS sedan joins the RS hatchback in the lineup and is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm). Unique transmission gearing in the six-speed manual, or a 3.53 final drive ratio for automatic-equipped models, along with a sport-tuned suspension and lowered ride height, enhances the car's performance feel.

One of the most dramatic Sonic RS cues is its front fascia, which has a deep air dam design that enhances the car's road-hugging stance. Vertical intakes at the edges of the fascia reinforce a wide, low proportion and house the fog lamps. Interior refinements include:

Aluminum sport pedals
A sport three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrasting stitching, and a racing-inspired flat-bottom design
Leather-appointed front bucket seats with red RS accents to the sportier appearance.
EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are the same as the Sonic RS hatchback – 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with the manual transmission.

The Sonic RS sedan will initially be available in three color combinations: Black Granite Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic or Summit White, all with Jet Black leather-appointed interiors.

Sonic Dusk
The Sonic Dusk sedan, first shown as a concept at the 2011 SEMA Show, brings sophistication and style to the subcompact market. Unique exterior appointments include a ground effects package, rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum wheels with a Midnight Silver matte finish and four-wheel disc brakes – unique to Dusk and RS.

The Sonic Dusk comes exclusively in Ashen Grey Metallic, with a distinctive matte appearance on the upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim. Stainless steel lower window moldings add an upscale accent to the body. Inside are Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with sueded microfiber accents and Mojave tan inserts.

Sonic Dusk is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine, rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and matched with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, with the manual transmission.

Also new in 2014, Chevrolet is introducing performance parts that enhance Sonic's handling, braking and performance. The Chevrolet Performance parts include

1.4L Turbo Stage Kit with high-flow exhaust boosting the car up 10 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque
Cold-air induction
Suspension kit with lowered ride height
Brake package with Wilwood front calipers
18-inch wheel-and-tire package.
These parts join appearance accessories announced in 2013.

Both models go on sale in spring 2014 and will be manufactured at Orion Assembly in Michigan. Sonic is the only subcompact assembled in America.

The Chevrolet Sonic and Spark are the first vehicles to offer Siri Eyes Free integration. Through the cars' available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone* running iOS6 or iOS7 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Also, the available BringGo navigation app, the most affordable navigation system in its class, offers easy-to-use features that included 3-D maps with lane suggestions, live traffic data, and more.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      These cars are a perfect example of why GM will die in the next 5-6 years. This is a cheap car that people buy because they can not afford to get a larger, better car.................so GM offers them leather. People who are on a budget will not buy all these luxury items. Again, this is not a sporty car, it is for people who do not have a lot of money (young people) so GM offers this car with a manual transmission which almost no one buys in any other car..............but somehow GM expects young people who do not even know how to drive it to buy it.
        nova
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        I suppose I'm nobody then. I could have dropped $35k on a car to commute to work in but decided to spend a lot less. With the Sonic I was able to get a decently nice, comfortable car for not a lot of $. Sticker for my LTZ was $21.5k and I didn't pay anywhere close to that and that got me leather, the nice MyLink system, ,the turbo 1.4 and most importantly, pretty darn good gas mileage.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        See: Fiesta Titanium.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
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          • 1 Year Ago
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        v6sonoma
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        Unfortunately for you the car is actually doing very well. It may not be a sporty car but it can be made sportier and several journalists went on a test drive in a standard Sonic and then an RS with GM performance parts on it at SEMA and really liked it and felt a noticeable difference. It's an economy car first and that's why they offer a manual. Lower cost for a new car with tech young drives want. Manual transmissions weren't always about performance ya know. I dare you to go test drive a manual turbo Sonic. If you did you'd see why they will be around for the next 100 years.
          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @v6sonoma
          "It's an economy car first and that's why they offer a manual. Lower cost for a new car with tech young drives want. Manual transmissions weren't always about performance ya know. "------------------But that's my point in a way, if it is a budget car why offer leather, no one will buy it. Secondly manual is a cheaper option, that's true but manuals are so unpopular is USA (at absolute maximum only 5% of all cars sold in US have manuals), it would be cheaper for GM and have less complications by having only one tranny option. This car sort of fights against itself, In USA size usually means price (not the same in Europe) the smaller the car they cheaper it is priced, so this car is small and targets young people............but offers option people on a budget can not buy and offers a tranny that young people do not use.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
        I dont think GM will die, but its going to have a hard time leading sales with things like this.
          DK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          Pretty sure this car is in 2nd place in sales for it's class behind the super cheap Versa...
          TBN27
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          Funny you say that when the Sonic is the second most sold Sub compact behind the every day practical Nissan Versa which the subcompact leader and has no sporting attributes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seal Rchin
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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "Dusk" sedan actually looks great, those wheels work really well. Two things I REALLY wish that GM would fix: 1. The gauge cluster. It looks like something that belongs on a kids toy, and not in a vehicle. 2. The headlamps and taillamps that aren't completely covered with lenses. It makes the vehicle look cheap and the headlamps are impossible to clean the bug guts out of. Other than that, this is a decent vehicle.
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        I'm not a fan of the instrument cluster either (although I'm not in this car's age demographic), but I like the quad headlamps & I think they give the Sonic a fairly strong presence overall. They also give it a bit of a retro-look. I'm not a fan of the tail lights on the sedan though, they're huge and oddly shaped in my opinion.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        I agree, the overall design oozes "budget".
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
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        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        With ya on both accounts. Drove one around town once (RS Hatch w/manual) and it was surprisingly nice and fun. What I was really surprised about was that the interior/ride felt up to par with any of its competitors. That said, I absolutely hated the gauge cluster. Difficult to read in direct sunlight and just ugly/messy.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great interior, GM is really stepping up these days in that department. I enjoy the Sonic's styling, you just want to jump in and hit the streets.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        I like the styling but that interior does not do it for me. It feels a little cheap for the price, 21K for the regular RS and this one would be more expensive.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
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          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thequebecerinfrance
          Well I got something called eyes and it looks cheap. Use your brain a little, geez.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overall look is pretty nice. However, huge, protruding foglight plastic housings will fade after a year and look hideous and the rear is a square with lights. Lame.
      drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks nice, but yikes with the 18 inch wheels.
      ABB
      • 1 Year Ago
      My cousin says turbocharged engines oftentimes produce more torque than horsepower; therefore, please reverse your horsepower and torque numbers. Perhaps there was a transposition error, not a transcription error.
        carnut0913
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ABB
        The performance-inspired Sonic RS sedan joins the RS hatchback in the lineup and is powered by the Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm).
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much potential for a Fiesta ST competitor... Seems only Ford is really interested in the small hot hatch segment which is just sad.
        TCBRacing
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        GM definitely interested in turning this into a hot hatch... http://www.autonews.com/article/20131125/OEM02/311259932/reuss-would-love-high-performance-version-of-sonic#axzz2lfRi279g
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's incredible how a nice set of wheels can change the look of a car. I really like those wheels.
      AwolG5
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have the Power figures in reverse it has 138 hp and 148 torque. its the same engine my cruze has.
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AwolG5
        Trade it in while you can because the second it is out of warranty tranny will go, that's $2,500 out of our pocket. I'd trade it in for Civic ASAP.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Seal Rchin
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          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Seal Rchin
          You likely couldn't even afford it in the first place to be able to trade it in!
          carnut0913
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Seal Rchin
          the only redeeming thing about that statement is you didn't say Corolla instead of Civic.
      the.nope
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks pretty good. The car over all is pretty solid for being a GM small car. But the only real new i would care about next with this car is if GM decides to finally put the 2.0T in it. but for now its just a good cheap car. Though the RS seems to be a bit over priced. $21k for the sporty RS which make a whopping 138 hp where as the Fiesta ST makes close to 200 hp and is 22k
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a good looking little car. Too bad that is not enough when you are competing against the Fiesta ST.
      • 1 Year Ago
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