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Trevor Collett | Dec, 05 2013 | 7 Comments

Just a few weeks after the 2014 Holden Barina RS arrived in Australia as a warm hatch, Chevrolet has released a sedan version of the RS in its Sonic range.

Unveiled at last month’s LA Auto Show, the RS sedan was accompanied on the Chevrolet stand by a second new Sonic sedan; the Dusk.

The Sonic RS sedan features the same 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine fitted to the Barina RS hatch in Australia, producing 104kW and 200Nm.

Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available, and both feature aluminium sports pedals.

Elsewhere in the interior, the RS sedan gets similar leather-appointed seats to the hatch with red ‘RS’ accents and signage along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The Sonic RS sedan will initially be available in three colour combinations; Black Granite Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic or Summit White, all with Jet Black interiors.

The slightly more upmarket Sonic Dusk sedan features the same 1.4 litre engine, but adds unique 18-inch wheels and a ‘ground-effects’ package.

It’s probably too early for Holden to gauge the success of the Barina RS hatch in Australia or if a sedan version would sell in sufficient numbers; especially given that the hatch-offering is a five-door.

Early sales success for the Barina RS may give light to a possible introduction of either (or both) of the new sedan versions in Australia in the future.

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS and Dusk sedans go on sale in the US market in the American Spring, priced from US$20,530 and US$20,945 respectively.

Australia’s current top-shelf Barina sedan is the CDX variant, which carries the same AU$20,990 plus on-roads starting-price locally as the new Barina RS hatch.

 
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