Chevrolet Modifies Sonic and Cruze for SEMA Show

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Chevrolet will use the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association show to demonstrate the tuning potential of two of its hot-selling small cars, the Sonic and Cruze. Chevrolet’s stand at the Las Vegas trade show will host three gussied-up Sonic hatchbacks, one Sonic sedan, and a pair of upgraded Cruze sedans.

For the Sonic Z-Spec #1, Chevrolet designers grafted new Z-Spec side skirts and lips, a new grille, and a rear spoiler. On top of that, the car scores white 18-inch wheels and a Cobalt Red interior treatment, replete with black suede seats. Z-Spec accessories are also used in place of the factory pedals, shifter, and steering wheel. For more go, Chevrolet added a new exhaust, stronger brakes with four-piston calipers, and “performance” suspension upgrades.

The Sonic Z-Spec #2 follows essentially the same recipe, albeit with a “more aggressive” body kit, and white paint with red accents. The interior is fitted with Z-Spec goodies, and new bucket seats adorned with the Z-Spec logo. The Sonic’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine has been fitted with a freer-flowing exhaust, while the chassis scores four-piston brake calipers and firmer suspension.

The Sonic Z-Spec 4D Concept is based on the car’s four-door variant and is supposed to look like a touring car. As such, it gets Z-Spec lips and side skirts, a new rear spoiler, a new grille, 18-inch wheels, and large Chevrolet logos. The cabin is fitted with a Z-Spec shifter, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and sport pedals. As with the other cars, performance upgrades comprise a new exhaust, new suspension, and new brakes.

Finally, the Sonic Dusk shows off a “subtle” look with its Berlin Blue paint, “mild” body kit, blue-tinted lights, Mojave leather interior, and satin-chrome shifter. As with the other Sonic concepts, Z-Spec interior goodies and 18-inch wheels are included. New brakes, new suspension, and a custom audio system round out the Dusk’s equipment list.

Turning to the larger Cruze, Chevrolet hopes its Cruze Z-Spec resembles a “taut touring car.” It wears Z-Spec 18-inch wheels, a new body kit, rear spoiler, and a grille designed to permit more air into the engine bay. The interior is upgraded with “racing-style” pedals, a new shifter, new accent trim, and a new steering wheel. The outside wears a racing stripe that Chevrolet promises will be available at dealerships soon.

Like its Sonic sibling, the Cruze Dusk is meant to show off a sophisticated take on the Cruze. It gets a “mild” bodykit, dark-tinted wheels, custom seats, a new sound system, a suede-wrapped steering wheel, as well as the requisite Z-Spec shifter and pedals.

The six show cars are meant to highlight Chevrolet’s small-car offerings and their tuning potential. They also serve as test beds for Z-Spec accessories, some of which will go on sale at Chevrolet dealerships for owners who want to modify their cars.

Source: Chevrolet

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STEVE: the 500 abarth will have 170hp 183ft-lb. Totally agree no more power not looking to buy this!
steve
So Chevy's not offering any more power for the hatch, I'll pass if no more power is offered!!!! Chevy needs to remember the 500 abarth will offer 170 HP 177lb-ft which will make the sonic a no buy!!!!!

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