Chevy Sonic Turbo Now Available with Six-Speed Automatic
Good news for the stick-shy: Automatic-equipped turbos are on their
way to dealers
DETROIT – The Chevrolet Sonic's fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo
engine will now be available in either manual or automatic
transmission, bringing the increased torque of turbocharging to
drivers of automatics.
"Providing the option of a turbocharged engine to our non-stick
driving Chevy customers allows us to offer everyone the thrill and
power of a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant," said Jim
Danahy, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North
American small cars. "Both in the Sonic and Cruze, the engine
enables better fuel economy without sacrificing power or performance.
It's really a winning combination."
Sonic's Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine and six-speed manual
transmission achieved a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds, according to
independent AMCI testing – faster than the comparable 2012 Ford
Fiesta, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent. The Sonic with the
turbo-automatic combination went from 0 to 60 in about eight seconds.
"Traditionally, turbocharging was used to enhance the performance
of engines, but today it is as much about fuel economy as a 0-to-60
time," said Bob Benedict, assistant chief engineer for the Ecotec
1.4L engine. "The turbocharger provides high-pressure airflow for
high torque to boost the vehicle and give the driver a fun driving
experience with improved fuel efficiency."
The 2012 Chevy Sonic Ecotec 1.4L turbo six-speed automatic delivers an
EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg in the city, while the manual
gets 40 mpg on the highway and 29 in the city.
To learn more about the all-new Sonic, visit the Chevy Sonic Facebook
page; follow on Twitter at @ChevyLife or check out letsdothis.com.
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selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides
customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited
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