GM's latest gadgets are proliferating one of their least expensive cars.
May 13, 2013
By: Nick Saporito
Since launching nearly two years ago, Chevrolet has consistently added new features to their Sonic sub-compact and 2014 model year appears to be no different. For 2014 the bow-tie brand is adding several new technology and safety features, likely in an attempt to keep ahead of ever increasing competition in the segment.
At the top of the list of changes for 2014, the Sonic is gaining some of the same technology that just debuted in Cadillac products within the last year. GM's lane departure warning and forward collision alert system will be available as an option on the Sonic. It is not clear if the system will be standard on higher trim levels or optional across the board.
The system utilizes a windshield mounted high resolution camera to view both the lane boundaries on the road and the vehicle (if any) in front of the car. If the system detects the car veering outside of the lane markings, the car will issue a audible warning to let the driver know. If the car feels that a forward collision is imminent it will play a louder alert clime and flash red LED lights within the driver's viewpoint in the windshield.
In addition, the Sonic is gaining a rear-view camera for 2014. The camera is standard on LTZ and RS trims, while optional on LT.
Aside from the additional gadgets, the remainder of the changes to the 2014 Sonic are typical model year changes. New colors and packaging are in store, as well as the addition of optional fog lamps on LT trim.
The changes are likely in part the reaction of new competition from the redesigned 2014 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta has added several options, such as auto climate control and a rear-view camera, however the Fiesta does not offer lane departure warning or forward collision alert.