Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2012 Sonic, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Chevrolet has officially unveiled the 2012 Sonic, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

Essentially a renamed Aveo, the Sonic will be available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. Regardless of what body style is selected, both feature an aggressive front fascia, bulging fender flares, and an upward sweeping character line.

Inside, the cabin boasts a Spark-inspired cockpit with a two-tone design and class-leading spacious rear seat. While the company hasn't released full details, the car will be available with options such as USB/Bluetooth connectivity, remote start, heated front seats and a sunroof.

Under the hood, two engines will be offered. The entry-level 1.8-liter produces 135 hp (101 kW) and 125 lb-ft (168 Nm), while the turbocharged 1.4-liter churns out 138 hp (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque. The 1.8-liter can be mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, while the turbocharged 1.4-liter is connected exclusively to a six-speed manual.

To ensure the car has a sporty ride, Chevrolet installed a MacPherson strut front suspension (with stabilizer bar) and a semi-independent torsion beam rear. While these are definitely nice, it's a bit disappointing to see rear drum brakes and an electronic power steering system.

The 2012 Sonic will be built in Lake Orion, Michigan and sales are scheduled to begin later this year.

Check out the press release for more information