Sail is the sedan version of Chevrolet Sail U-VA. This entry level sedan comes with both petrol and diesel engines. Sail is available in four variants each with petrol diesel engines, these are: Base, LS, LS ABS and LT ABS. Gm is expecting that Sail will help them get a foothold in entry to mid-level sedan segment in the Indian car market. This GM SAIC model is replacing the Aveo which was a product of GM-Daewoo association. In effect a Korean model is being replaced by a Chinese car. Sail will compete head-on with cars like: Maruti Dzire, Indigo from Tata Motors, Ford Fiesta Classic and Hyundai Accent, not to forget the Amaze from Honda. Sail whilst may not be able to woo Indian car buyers on features or drive experience, but will definitely hae a plus point when it comes to in-cabin space. Top-end variant of Sail offers dual Front airbags, ABS, bluetooth, top-end stereo system with USB, all doors power windows, Alloy wheels, leather wrapped tilt adjustable steering wheel and gear knob to name a few.
Chevrolet Sail is a popular sedan manufactured by General Motors since 2001 for the global market. Initially the car was sold by the name of Buick Sail, present both in sedan and Wagon form which were based on Opel Corsa B. In 2005 the car received a facelift and the name was changed to Chevrolet Sail. Currently the car is in its second generation which was launched in 2010. In India the car made its debut in February 2013.
In a market where brands like Maruti Suzuki DZire & Tata Indigo eCS are an established names, its not at all easy for the others to invade the segment. The story for Chevrolet Sail was not different either still the vehicle booked 8000 units of Sail in India within a short span of 3 months reflecting it ability and tye growing popularity. The other competitors of the vehicle include the recently launched Honda Amaze, Ford Classic and Mahindra Verito.
The Chevrolet Sail Sedan consists of a 1.2 L petrol and 1.3 L diesel engine. The 1.2 L SMARTECH petrol engine with dual overhead camshafts comes with 4 cylinders, 5 speed manual transmission and has a displacement of 1199 cc. This engine can deliver maximum power of 86 PS @6000 rpm and maximum torque of 113 NM @5000 rpm while the 1.3 L SMARTECH Turbocharged Diesel Engine comes with 4 cylinders, 5 speed manual transmission and as a displacement of 1248 cc. The engine can deliver maximum power of 78 PS @4000 rpm and maximum torque of 205 NM @1750. Both the engines comply with BS IV emissions norm.
The petrol engine has a fuel tank capacity of 42 L and can churn out maximum fuel efficiency of 18.2 kmpl while the diesel engine has a fuel tank capacity of 40 L and can deliver maximum fuel efficiency of 22.1 kmpl.
In terms of suspension and braking, the Chevrolet Sail comes with Mac Pherson Struts in the front and Torsion Beam Axle in the rear. The vehicle has disk brake in the front and drum brake in the rear.
The Chevrolet Sail has got Dynamic Sculpture Design that imparts it an unmatched grace. The dual port radiator grille with lots of chrome finish makes the front part looks more aggressive and bold. The grille has horizontal slat running through the centre and holds the Chevrolet logo. The body coloured front bumper also looks good while the hawk wing type headlamps and shooting star style fog lamps add to its bold stance. In the side profile the vehicle has body coloured outside rear view mirrors and body coloured outside door handles. The 8 spoke 14” alloy wheels enhances the sporty look of the vehicle. In the rear, the vehicle sports a bright tail lamp cluster with a high mounted stop lamp and a body coloured rear bumper. The rear windscreen has got a defogger for clearer view in harsh or foggy weather conditions. The roof of the car sports an antenna.
The length of Chevrolet sail is 4249 mm, width is 1690 mm and height is 1503 mm.
For the interior, the Chevrolet Sail rightly boasts of “Feel pampered Again” feeling. The interior has got luxurious comfort and ergonomic convenience and dual tone coffee beige interiors. The plush seats are covered with fabric upholstery and are extremely comfortable with spacious legroom and headroom. The front seats have height adjustable headrests while the rear has integrated headrests. The dashboard of the car gives a feel of luxury and houses several features in it. The dashboard houses 4 ac vents, 1 each at both the ends and 2 in the centre console. It also houses an Integrated Audio System with Radio, MP3 & CD Player with Auxiliary Input & USB Socket and AC controls. The dashboard has also got a glove box in it. The dashboard also houses an instrument panel just behind the steering wheel. The 3 spoke leather covered power steering wheel looks good and can be tilted as per the driver convenience. The Chevrolet Sail also consists of several other features like Bluetooth enabled audio streaming, Air Conditioner with Heater, Front & Rear Power Windows, Power Adjustable Outside Mirrors, Day / Night Inside Rear View Mirror, Rear Seat Armrest with Cupholders, Remote Fuel Filler and Tailgate Release, Rear Seat Integrated Headrest, Codriver Side Sunvisor w/ Vanity Mirror, Interior Courtesy Lamp, Luggage Compartment Lamp, Ashtray, Digital Tachnometer, Cigar Lighter, Remote Keyless Entry, Cup Holders in Front Console, Front Door Map Pockets, Amber Color Interior Illumination, Front Seat Back Pockets, Chrome Inside Door Handles and Chrome Parking Brake Button.
When it comes to safety, the Chevrolet Sail sedan is no less here as well. The Sail has got a Safe-Cage design with 3-point force dispersion structure and in-built crumple zones and side impact beam in doors that provide enhanced safety for the passengers. The High Strength Steel body structure with an compressed `Cross Structure Design` and a Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, avoids resists contact with the fuel tank in case of a side impact. The car also consists of several other safety features like Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Dual Airbags, Engine Immobilizer with Central Door Locking, Front Seat Belts - 3 Point ELR, Driver Seatbelt Reminder, Key In Reminder, Door Ajar Warning Lamp, Centrally located High-Mount Stop lamp, Dual Horn, Side Impact Front & Rear Door Beam, Rear Seat Child-Protection Door locks, Speed Sensitive Autolock, Front Seatbelt with Pretensioners and Remote Keyless Entry.
Overall, the Chevrolet sail has got an excellent interior and a good engine but the exterior certainly have more room for improvement.