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Chevy Revs up Sonic with Z-Spec Customizations

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author photo by Autotrader April 2011

When the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hits the streets this fall, the small car will already have some street cred. The Sonic Z-Spec portfolio shown this week at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) is a range of graphic packages, interior and exterior accessories and other personalization options for the subcompact.

"The new Z-Spec accessories reinforce Sonic's fun, youthful spirit," said Rick Scheidt, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. "Customization is particularly important with the customers we believe will gravitate toward the Sonic, and we want to help them make their vehicle look exactly the way they want as easily as possible."

Aggressive, youthful and eco-cool? Sure, the Sonic is all about that. The vehicle is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a sportier five-door hatchback. While it comes standard with a 135 horsepower Ecotec 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the Sonic is also offered with a more efficient Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine rated at an estimated 138 horsepower that is expected to deliver 40 mpg on the highway.

But beyond the mpg it's all about the polish. The Z-Spec accessories include contrasting mirror caps and roof spoiler, chrome door handle, contrasting upper and lower grille surrounds and a body graphics package, along with 16- and 17-inch painted alloy wheels. The ground effects kit features front fascia, rocker panel and rear fascia extensions and silver exhaust tip.

On the inside, the Sonic can be amped up with aluminum sport pedals and sill plates.

The "Black Out" or "White Out" packages (shown in New York) feature black accents on a Summit White Sonic and Summit White accents on an Inferno Orange Sonic. (The "polka-dot" Orange Sonic package looks a little like kitschy dress design from the 50's.)

"Sonic is a great canvas for customization, and Z-Spec offers a cohesive design with a family of factory-engineered accessories and graphics," said Scheidt.

Z-Spec parts can be purchased individually or as a complete package. When the parts are purchased with the Sonic and installed by the dealer, customers can roll the cost into their monthly payments.

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