I recently drove the new Sonic diesel and it didn't even touch my pocket. It was sick, I drove and drove and drove and the gauge hardly moved. Ballito to Umhlanga to Durban and back and back again. The Sonic Diesel 1.3 just kept on going.
Here is some info on the new diesel version of this popular offering from Williams Hunt.
1.3 Turbo Diesel engine
The newest addition to the Sonic Hatch line-up is a latest generation 1.3 litre common rail turbocharged diesel engine with electronically controlled variable vane turbo technology. Developed in collaboration with a European partner this engine boasts excellent performance and economy.
Maximum power is 70kW @ 4000 r/min with peak torque of 210 Nm @ 1750 r/min. Average fuel economy of just over four and a half litres per 100km was achieved by Chevrolet engineers in testing of the new Sonic.
The engine has a cast iron block with aluminium cylinder head. Twin overhead camshafts drive the four valves per cylinder for efficient breathing and combustion. The common rail Multi-jet injection system runs at a pressure of 1600 bar. Maximum engine speed is regulated to 5200 r/min by means of a fuel cut-off limiter.
So get down to Williams Hunt and get a Sonic. You never know where it may take you. Call them on 031 319 6200 or visit their showroom at 60 K.E. Masinga Road in Durban.