Hot on the heels of Chevrolet's promising Sail U-VA hatchback comes this, the Sail sedan. Based on a global platform, and sharing engines (a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel) with the Sail U-VA hatch, the Sail sedan aims to woo the Indian audience with its good balance between price, performance and fuel-efficiency. General Motors/Chevrolet boast of a fine-tuned suspension designed keeping Indian road conditions in mind and safety, too, has been given its due importance, with ABS and airbags featuring in the options list. The LS and LT, the mid and top-end variants come with ABS as standard - a good thing, surely.
On the outside, the Sail sedan looks exactly the same as the U-VA hatchback - not necessarily a very good thing, that. That said, you can pick from seven colour options and more importantly, you get the benefit of a 3 year/45,000 km maintenance policy (all parts and labour included). In addition to this, the Sail sedan also comes with a 5-year powertrain warranty and a 3 year vehicle warranty, which is something that's been Chevrolet's USP of late.
The 1.2-litre petrol variant is priced at Rs 4.99 (all prices ex-showroom Delhi) for the base variant, whereas the LT (top-end) is priced at Rs 6.41 lakh. The 1.3-litre-diesel variant is pegged at Rs 6.29 lakh for the base version while the fully-loaded LT comes with a Rs 7.51 lakh price tag. On the occasion of the launch, Chevrolet officials have also hinted that an automatic variant may be on the cards, but it won't be out on sale in the near future.
Our word is, the pricing is immensely competitive and exciting for a car that has the potential to trouble its competition. But will it? Read about it in the February 2013 issue or here: http://www.bsmotoring.com/storypage.php?autono=6341