General Motors India launched the refreshed Chevrolet Sail sedan for the Indian market in September 2014. The Sail sedan received a minor facelift that was carried over to the U-VA hatchback as well. Chevrolet Sail has the best in class rear leg room in the hatchback segment. It has powerful air con, music system and brings cubby holes and a glove box. The Chevrolet Sail comes without steering-mounted audio controls.
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The updated version of the Sail sedan gets minor changes both to the exterior and interior to improve the looks and ergonomics. The changes to the exterior include chrome garnish for the fog lamp and headlamp surrounds and a similar chrome stripe on the boot of the sedan. The Chevrolet Sail is pleasing to look at and its tipped-forward stance gives it a sporty look. The neutral lines add to the up market look s well does the swooping headlamps. The integrated fog lamps and the build quality are excellent.
The most noticeable change has been made to the interior – the all-beige dashboard has been replaced by a dual tone black and beige unit that gets chrome and silver inserts around the music system. The door trims also get similar black-beige combination and the AC-vent bezel and the door handles for the top-end variants have chrome finish. The 1-DIN music system has now been replaced by a new 2-DIN unit with Bluetooth connectivity for phone and music streaming. The sub-four-metre sedan has a cabin space of 370 litres. The Chevy has a fair bit of storage spaces, with a total of six bottle-holders and a big cubbyhole fore of the gear lever.
In the top-end variant you get all-four power windows, ABS with EBD, electric mirrors and front airbags. The car comes with a front suspension of McPherson Strut. The rear suspension of the Chevrolet Sail is Twist Axle.
Chevrolet Sail comes in Switch Blade Silver, Velvet Red, Caviar Black, Linen Beige, Misty Lake, Summit White, and Sand Drift Grey.
There are two engines to choose from – 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel. The 1.3-litre SDE SMARTTECH turbocharged four-cylinder unit developing 75 bhp and 190 Nm of torque, while the petrol is 1.2-litre mill with an output of 83 bhp and 108 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed gear box. The petrol has been rated by ARAI to deliver a max fuel efficiency of 18.3kmpl. The diesel has been rated by ARAI to deliver 22.1 kmpl.
The top-end variant of the Sail sedan is competitively priced at Rs 7.64 lakh.
The Sail goes up against the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and the Tata Zest in the Indian car market.