Chevrolet is going to discontinue their the Optra Magnum, Aveo and Aveo U-Va models in September. These cars will be replaced by the Sail U-Va hatchback and Sail notchback.
This comes as no surprise and these models have been around for a long time and do not conform to the company’s new design theme. With the launch of cars like the Spark, Beat, Cruze and Captiva Chevrolet is trying to refresh its Indian portfolio. Discontinuing their older models, GM will start afresh and will try to cash in on their new cars as much as possible.
The Aveo and the U-Va did not do very well in the market even though they have been around for a long time. The lack of a diesel engine and dated looks and features are some of the reasons that can be cited for their slow sales. The Optra too could not face its competition and lost out even more after its own sibling the Cruze was launched, although it had an excellent diesel engine variant. Also read: Spy photos: Chevrolet Sail notchback and U-Va seen testing
The Sail sedan and hatchback too will be launched in the near future, replacing the Aveo and U-Va. The Sail small car will likely be offered with the same 1.2-litre petrol motor that powers the Beat petrol. This engine puts out 79.5 bhp of power and 108 Nm of torque.
While the diesel versions of the Sail hatchback and sedan may get a differently tuned version of the popular Fiat 1.3-litre multijet diesel motor. We can expect a power output of 75 bhp and 190 Nm of torque from this engine.
Chevrolet will likely launch the Sail U-Va and the sedan in the month of September and launch the Chevrolet Enjoy MPV in November. So far there is no replacement slotted for the Chevrolet Optra, although the MPV may cater to some buyers in that segment. The Sail U-Va is expected to be priced between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 6.5 lakh, while the sedan may start at Rs. 5.5 lakh and go up to Rs. 7.5 lakh.