Finally, a derivative that could do justice to the name of the Chevrolet Sonic. Meet the Sonic RS, the hot version of Chevrolet’s B-segment car. It’ll make its debut at the forthcoming Johannesburg International Motor Show.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS

Under the hood it packs a 103kW punch, courtesy of a 1.4-litre mill that also grafts in General Motors products like the Opel Astra. You’re probably raising an eyebrow already. And fair enough, its output doesn’t match alternatives like the Opel Corsa OPC, Ford Fiesta ST or Peugeot 208 GTi.

So we can’t expect Chevrolet to price it in the same league as the above. A mild thriller for those on a budget? Perhaps this is what the Sonic could be. It’ll also boast an uprated suspension, promising a more focussed handling experience.

In addition, a host of interior and exterior highlights aim to make you feel like you’re piloting something more special than its humdrum siblings. There are dark-painted alloys, meaner-looking trim pieces and on the inside you get racy red detailing. Chevrolet will also be using the Sonic RS as an opportunity to debut their MyLink infotainment system.

You might know this from products like the Lumina: SS and RS badging denotes a sportier persona on Chevrolet models. As soon as we know more about pricing and specification, you will too.