If the Auto Expo 2012 was anything to go by, it seems the buzz this year around GM certainly seems to be catching on. A low-key launch of the common-rail diesel version of the Tavera apart, their next big launch will be the Sail hatchback, followed by an MPV that's being touted as being the 'Enjoy' as well as the Sail sedan you can see in the pictures here.
These test mules are pretty in much in the final stages of their testing regimen, however it will be a while before you and me can consider buying one. The SAIC-GM developed Sail hatchback and sedan will replace the Aveo U-VA and Aveo sedans in India. While the hatchback is expected around June-July, the sedan won't be here until sometime in the last quarter of the current calendar year.
The Sail sedan is expected to be offered with a choice of two motors - a 1.4-litre petrol motor that it might share with the Enjoy MPV as well as a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine. The Multijet diesel is the same as that found on several Maruti Suzukis, Fiat and Tata products in India and the engine was co-developed by Fiat and GM at the turn of the last decade.
On the other hand, the hatchback might feature both the Multijet diesel and an 80 bhp, 1.2-litre petrol motor as powerplant options. The motors are likely to be assembled in India at GM's powertrain facility in Talegaon in Maharashtra. Pricing will be key to the success of this platform as neither the Aveo nor the U-VA managed to bring in much needed volumes as was originally expected.