First rumors and speculations about new electric car, 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV were published three weeks ago. We are all witnesses of hybrid and electric vehicle’s rise in last decade or so as more and more manufacturers decide to try their luck in this segment. It all started with Toyota Prius 15 years ago, and now we have supercars which are moved by a hybrid powertrain like McLaren P1 for instance, and all-electric vehicles and also all-electric manufacturers like Tesla.
However, most sought for all-electrics are the subcompact ones like Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Spark. Latter of the two will soon get a successor and it seems that second generation is not an option. Instead all-new Chevrolet Sonic EV is being designed right now and we can expect it to roll out no sooner than late 2016 as 2017 year model.
Under the Hood and Specs
New 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV will be built upon GM’s next-generation “Gamma” platform, known as G2SC. This means that it won’t have anything in common neither with current conventional Sonic’s lineup nor with the ongoing Chevy Spark, at least in design. New Sonic EV will use lithium-ion battery pack made by LG Chem cells, Chevy’s longtime battery supplier and will target 200 and more miles of all-electric range. These are rather ambitious numbers and everything above 150 miles would be welcomed with both hands. It is unclear which engine would be used as rumors still didn’t start to circulate when this segment is concerned. Whether it’ll be Spark’s 1.2L 4-cylinder or something bigger, it remains to be seen.
Styling – changes
Body style is open for debate as conventional Sonic comes in both hatch and sedan form. Style mostly depends on production volume and we’re leaning towards a hatchback as Sonic will most likely be sold in other markets as well. However, 1,800 units produced as a compliance car is also a rumor and in this case Chevy might choose whichever option they deem will more easily accept the battery pack and powertrain below its sheetmetal. Design will most likely be contemporary with lots of soft edges and some touches from Chevy Spark. In fact, 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV might be a combination of current Sonic and Spark, and still might not resemble any of them.
There is no official video for 2017 edition, but video of 2014 Sonic is available:
Silver insert in grille opening is also a possibility if Chevy doesn’t decide to drop this concept by the time Sonic EV gets ready for production. Inside, It’ll offer more room than Spark, but as a subcompact still, interior refinement won’t be much more advanced. Leatherette seats should be the most luxurious option and heated front seats will also be offered with the top grades. Special gauges, smart device connectivity carriers and updated infotainment system can also be expected, and so can some new safety options as well.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV MPG and estimated Price
With around 200 miles of all-electric range, 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV will attack straight at the upcoming Tesla model III. It will also have fuel economy ratings estimates well over 100 mpg and it is interesting to see how will Chevy improve their charging options. $30,000 is the price tag which circulates around, but new Sonic could be more expensive as it rises through trim levels.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV is going to be a hit if GM’s division plays its cards right. They’ll have to be faster than Tesla and they’ll have to be creative in order to offer really authentic vehicle which could fulfill average driver’s needs and even more so on a single charge.