Chevrolet’s upcoming Sail sedan has been spotted testing in Pune.
The Sail sedan will likely be launched during the second-half of 2012 after the Sail hatchback which is expected to be launched in the next couple of months.
Looks, space and comfort
The Sail sedan resembles the Sail hatchbacks body up to the C-pillar, after which it ends with a handsome boot. The car had camouflage hiding only the badges so most of the details about the design were revealed. The bow tie grille, which is now a familiar Chevy trademark in India, has now found its way on to the Sail sedan as well.
The side profile of the Sail has subtle lines starting from the middle of the front wheel fender and going all the way to the tail lamp cluster.
The rear of the car has a bland boot door but a stylish side swept taillamp cluster that slightly resembles that of the Fiat Linea. The interiors are expected to be comfortable for five adults. Luggage space too, can be expected to be at par with its chief competitors such as the Toyota Etios and the Tata Manza.
The Sail sedan is expected to be offered in both petrol and diesel versions similar to the hatchback. The engines too, will be the same as the hatchback version. The 1.2-litre petrol motor puts out 79.5 bhp and 108 Nm of torque and mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
The diesel version of the Sail sedan may get the 1.3-litre Multijet engine which was jointly developed by GM and Fiat. The diesel version will likely be the volume driver for Chevrolet in its segment because demand for diesel sedans is quite high.
Like all entry-level sedans, the Sail sedan will likely come with comfort features such as AC, power steering, electric mirrors, music system, power windows, remote tailgate opener and remote fuel lid opener. With regard to safety features, we expect dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, central locking, fog lamps and a speed-sensitive auto lock.
We expect the price of the Sail sedan to start at around Rs. 5 lakh where most entry-level sedans such as Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Toyota Etios prices start. The top-end variant of the Sail may go up to Rs. 7 lakh.
Hatchback based sedans are nothing new in India. It started with Indica-Indigo, continued with the Swift-Dzire combo and of late, the Liva-Etios pair. Now, Chevrolet will do the same with the Sail hatchback/sedan. The sedan may get a new name in order to differentiate it from the hatchback.
(Photo Courtesy: goaonwheels.com)
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