At last year’s SEMA show, Chevrolet showed off a gussied-up Sonic sedan it called the Sonic Dusk. This year, Chevrolet’s again showing the Sonic Dusk at SEMA, but announcing the Sonic Dusk will become a series production model.
Chevrolet’s press release plays up the Sonic Dusk as an example of the brand taking a core product and adapting it to customers’ lifestyles – in this instance, taking Chevy’s subcompact and making it a little more sophisticated both inside and out.
While the sporty Sonic RS is available only as a hatchback, the new 2013 Sonic Dusk is offered only as a four-door sedan. Exterior touches include a subtle body kit with new rocker sills and a rear decklid, nickel-finish 18-inch aluminum wheels, matte-finish grille, door handle, and license plate trim, and stainless-steel lower window moldings. Only the concept’s slammed suspension and high-performance brakes seem to have been lost in the Sonic Dusk’s transition to production.
Chevrolet has yet to indicate if the Sonic Dusk will only be offered with the Ashen Grey paint shown here. The like-named Camaro Dusk model, announced earlier this year, is restricted to a so-called Blue Ray Metallic paint, while the Sonic RS is offered in only four paint colors.
Interior appointments echo those of the concept. Seats are trimmed in jet black leather, but boast Mojave-colored accent stitching and inserts. Door and instrument panel accents are also Mojave colored. The company’s MyLink infotainment system is standard equipment.
Like the Sonic RS, the Sonic Dusk appears to be offered only with the Sonic’s turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4, which delivers 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic will be offered on the Dusk trim level.
Pricing and launch timing have yet to be announced at this point in time. Given its additional content, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see it slot in near or above the 2012 Sonic RS, which is priced from $20,995, including destination.