Chevrolet Sonic facelift hints at 2017 Holden Barina update

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The Chevrolet Sonic has been given a facelift in the US, and could point to the look of an updated Holden Barina.

Chevrolet describes the the facelift as giving the car a “more expressive, sporty” look.

Up front, the revised Sonic sports an all new front end. Gone are the current car’s four circular headlights. These have been replaced by a set of almost rectangular units with LED driving lights, which flank the latest iteration of Chevrolet’s two-port grille.

At the back, there’s new bumpers and squarer tail-lights with horizontal graphics. The RS models seen here sport revised side sills and blacked out 17-inch alloy wheels.

No pictures have yet been released of the updated Sonic’s interior, but Chevrolet says that it will include a standard seven-inch touchscreen to operate the company’s MyLink infotainment system.

The latest MyLink system is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring standards, and is available with Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and 4G LTE connectivity.

Other new features include a proximity entry key, push button start, heated cloth seats, a power-operated driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel.

On the safety front, the revised car is available with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, 10 airbags, parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Stateside, regular versions of the Sonic are powered by 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine. Sportier models feature a 102kW 1.4-litre turbo hooked up to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

The updated Chevrolet Sonic goes on sale in USA during the third quarter of 2016.


Although there’s no official confirmation from Holden, we expect this update to be applied to the Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo that’s sold throughout Asia and which is rebadged as the Barina locally.

As for timing, it’s likely that the updated Barina will arrive here either at the end of this year or early next. We’ll keep you updated when we hear more.

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