Spy photos: Chevrolet Sail notchback and U-Va seen testing

General Motors is launching the Chevrolet Sail notchback and Sail U-Va hatchback later this year. These cars have been spotted testing across the country, and the latest sighting was on the Pune Expressway by CarToq member Manoj Khanna.

At the launch of the Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors said the Sail hatchback will get the U-Va branding and will likely replace the Chevrolet Aveo U-Va. The Sail hatchback was showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in New Delhi.

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Photo: The Sail hatchback will get the U-Va branding

Both the cars seen on the expressway were with minimum camouflage, sporting MH-14 test number plates. Although we’ve received multiple pictures of the two cars, the rainy weather ensured that very few of the photos were usable. See more: Spy photos of Sail notchback

The Sail sedan and the hatchback are pretty similar up to the C-pillar after which the sedan gets a notch-back like boot, which gives it a smart appearance overall. The hatchback, of course, can easily be mistaken for a Ford Figo from a distance because of the tall tail-lamps.

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Photo: The Sail notchback will likely replace the Aveo

The Sail notchback is expected to get a 1.2-litre petrol motor that already powers the Beat petrol. This engine puts out 79.5 bhp of power and 108 Nm of torque. The diesel version of the Sail sedan may get the 1.3-litre diesel motor jointly developed by GM and Fiat. This diesel engine may churn out 75 bhp of power and 140 Nm of torque. The diesel Sail will likely be the volume driver for Chevrolet in its segment because demand for diesel sedans is quite high thanks to the frequent petrol price hikes.

The Sail U-Va, which is the hatchback variant will also get the same engine choices. As per the latest plans GM may launch the U-Va and the notchback within days of each other in the month of September, and follow it with the Chevrolet Enjoy launch in November.

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Photo: Chevrolet Sail notchback may compete with Dzire and Etios

The Sail U-Va may be priced at about Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 6.5 lakh in Maruti Swift territory while the notchback may start at Rs. 5.5 lakh up to Rs. 7.5 lakh, in Dzire and Etios territory.

What kind of chance do you think these twins stand in the market?