While the core vehicle underneath remains the same, a fresh front and rear look sees the Sonic adopt styling cues seen across the the Chevrolet range, including the Chevrolet SS, or as we know it here, the Holden Commodore SS.
Exterior changes see the existing tall and narrow twin-port grille replaced by a wider upper grille that meets reshaped new headlights, while the lower intake, now also wider takes on a hexagonal shape with a smart chrome frame.
At the rear a set of new taillights, with rectangular inserts that follow in the footsteps of the Captiva SUV, and a new, squarer rear bumper provide a more mature look.
So far Chevrolet has only offered images of the top spec Sonic RS, with its more aggressive styling package and large 17-inch alloys. Under the bonnet the 102kW (rated at 103kW in the Barina) 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder continues.
No interior images have been revealed yet, but Chevrolet promises a new instrument cluster with an analog speedo, and a new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible version of the 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system, with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot capabilities.
A segment-first powered driver’s seat has been added to the available features list, along with keyless entry and start, heated cloth seats, and heated steering wheel.
Safety in the North American market also gets a leg-up over the current Australian delivered Barina, with 10 airbags, rear park sensors, and a rear view camera all standard as well as the availability of forward collision alert, and lane departure warning on high-grade models.
As for the Barina, Holden won’t say just yet when we'll see the updated model here (and when we do, don’t on seeing the RS sedan), but expect some slight specifications for the Australian version when it does arrive.