To pull buyers of hatchback as also sedan cars, Chevrolet Sail has been launched in both the forms. While the Sail U-VA is pitched against Hyundai i20, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Swift, there is a Sail saloon against Honda Amaze, Swift Dzire and Toyota Etios.
The petrol version of Sail 1.2 is available in four variants. It has a 1248 cc 4 cylinder engine mated to 5 gear manual transmission. Let’s get acquainted with the features that embellish the mid segment variant: 1.2 LS
Sail sedan does not look extra long or extra wide at first glance – its size is quite right for city use. Nonetheless, with a length of 4249 mm, this saloon is over 200 mm longer than close competitors like Honda Amaze and Swift Dzire. The front with its twin port front grille and hawk wing style swept back headlights, is identical to that of Sail U-VA. The arcing roof blends quite seamlessly with the boot. The rear view mirrors and outside door handles for this mid size variant have been done in body colour for more refined look. A roof antenna has also been provided and the steel wheels have full covers.
The coffee beige interiors of Sail 1.2_LS are the same as in the base variant. Fit and finish may not be to everyone’s liking because the quality of plastics is somewhat plebeian. Amber coloured illumination for the cabin however looks good. Along with the elementary features that also come with base variant, chrome touches on internal door handles and handbrake button add some more refinement to 1.2 LS. The steering wheel has also been covered in leather wrap and AC vents have a finish of metallic paint.
While in the base variant comes only the front windows are powered, this mid segment model has power windows for the rear doors too. As in the 1.2 PS, there is foldable armrest in centre of the rear seat and it also has cup holders. You also get a central locking facility with this one. All other elements for comfort are shared with the base variant. These include the cubby holes & bottle holders in different spots, tilt adjustable power steering, electrically controlled rear view mirrors on the doors and a manual air conditioner among others.
As Chevrolet calls it, the ‘safe cage body structure’ of Sail 1.2 LS comes with basic safety features that have also been fitted in the entry level version of this saloon. So there are reminders for driver seat belt, ajar door, key in and there are features such as a centrally located high positioned stop lamp, dual horns, side impact front & back door beam and rear seat child protection door locks. The additional fit outs for safety and security in 1.2 LS are an air bag for the driver and a speed sensitive auto lock.
Ride quality of Sail is quite appreciable and you will not be disturbed much by those small bumps and broken patches on road. But the handling leaves much to be desired as the steering is very light and there is considerable body roll.
Priced at Rs 5.59 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi), the Chevrolet Sail 1.2 LS is a practical and competent saloon if not ground breaking.