So, yeah, the 2012 Chevy Sonic isn't exactly a tuner's main course. More like an hors d'ouevre. The Z-Spec accessories previewed here and on display at the 2011 New York Auto Show hope to change that.

Odds are they won't, however, with the first two things touted in the announcement being "Color Out" accent packages and 40-mpg highway ratings. Not exactly thrilling performance upgrades, even when you equip the optional 138-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbo to the standard Sonic. The Z-Spec package was first shown as a concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show.

Still, it could well prove a fun little hatch, if not quite hot, and with an upgraded look outside and interior improvements like aluminum sport pedals and sill plates, younger first-time car buyers will have an outlet for their self-expression while staying on a realistic budget.

The Z-Spec parts will be available for purchase individually through dealers, and can even be financed if installed through the dealership. Look for more details and live photos of the Z-Spec line from the show next week.