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SEMA preview: Chevy to unveil the mature Sonic Dusk

SEMA preview: Chevy to unveil the mature Sonic Dusk
The 2013 Chevy Sonic Dusk will have unique paint, exterior trim, a two-tone leather interior and a turbocharged engine.
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Though the annual SEMA show can often feel like theater of the absurd for the automotive world, there are some pockets of normality flying below the radar.

One of them at next week’s Las Vegas show will be a special version of Chevy’s compact Sonic sedan that’s headed for production. It’s called the Sonic Dusk and it aims to add a bit of refinement to the sub-compact segment.

No seven layers of purple paint here, or chromed-out doors that open backwards. Just some low-key body kit pieces below the front and rear bumpers and along the sides of the car. A small rear spoiler sits on the trunk lid, while the car rolls on unique 18-inch alloy wheels. The Sonic Dusk is painted a color that Chevy calls “ashen grey.”

The refinement continues inside with a two-tone cabin featuring suede inserts on otherwise leather seats. This Sonic also has Chevy’s excellent MyLink infotainment system, which we were able to sample in a recent drive in the company’s ultra-tiny car, the Spark.