By Carl Malek
General Motors once had plans to bring the upcoming Sonic small car to the market as the next-generation Aveo. However, after extensive evaluation, and perhaps looking back at the Aveo’s rather tepid sales numbers, GM reconsidered. The company decided that the name was not worth reusing and shelved it in favor of Sonic. However one problem arose from this decision, and that was the fate of the performance version of the Sonic. General Motors had already unveiled the Aveo RS concept at the 2010 North American International Autoshow, but would then not mention the fate of the performance variant after the switch from Aveo to Sonic was made. Since that time, many in the automotive world speculated that the Aveo RS would survive the name change and go into production as the Sonic RS but no official word or confimration had been released.
According to the folks over at GMInsideNews the time for speculation has come to an end because the Sonic RS is coming. When Chevrolet formally announced the official pricing for the Sonic earlier this week, there was no official mention of the RS variant. GMI claims that’s because the RS model is not scheduled to officially arrive in dealerships until late 2012 where it would debut as a 2013 model. Potential customers can expect the RS variant to arrive in both sedan and hatchback form unlike the original auto show concept which was a hatchback only piece.
When the Sonic RS does begin formal production expect it to be powered by the familiar 1.4 liter 138 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder that also powers the Chevy Cruze. As of this writing, the Sonic RS is expected to be a manual transmission-only offering, but there is speculation that a six speed automatic will eventually find its way to the RS version once it enters production.
With this latest report, it sounds like the Chevrolet Sonic RS will be a compelling little sports compact. General Motors has not issued a statement regarding the status of the Sonic RS as of this writing, but customers that are interested in possibly purchasing this model should stay tuned for further developments as more information regarding the Sonic RS becomes available.