NA President would like to see high-performance Sonic above RS model
During the Los Angeles Auto Show, GM North America President, Mark Reuss, expressed his interest in bringing a hotter version of the Chevrolet Sonic to market.
“Yeah, I’d love to do that. We’ve got the ride-and-handling vehicle dynamics for it,” Reuss mentioned to Automotive News.
Currently, the Chevy Sonic RS sits atop the bowtie subcompact ladder, boasting a turbocharged 1.4L engine also used in the Buick Encore. It also has a lowered suspension with stiffer springs and unique body embellishments.
However, if Chevy wants to take on the Fiesta ST, it will have to make up ground on the horsepower front. The Ford produces 197 hp while the Sonic RS only manages 138 hp.
If GM were to bring a more powerful Sonic to market, the same engine could then be used to power an upmarket Buick Encore in the future. The tri-shield compact SUV has received criticisms from potential customers for not providing a more powerful drivetrain.