GM is ready to bring its Sail hatch and sedan to the Indian market in a bid to bump up its volumes. The Aveo twins are too dated and do hardly any numbers for the American carmaker. In a recent development, Dushyant Sharma and Anant Bhatia, two of our avid readers, have managed to add image to our bugeoning repository of Chevrolet Sail sedan and hatchback spy pictures.
Sail is the result of collaboration between Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), both GM-SAIC joint ventures. In addition to being sold in China, the Chevrolet Sail will also be exported to other emerging markets.
Internationally, the Sail is available with a choice of 1.2-liter S-TEC II and 1.4-liter S-TEC III petrol engines. The hatchback version of the car will be powered by the 1.2 liter unit, while the sedan will be propelled by the 1.4 liter mill. As a diesel option, GM will employ Fiat’s well know 1.3 liter Multijet engine for both sedan and hatch variants. Both engines meet the Euro IV standard and can be upgraded for more stringent emission norms. Both engines are mated with a five speed transmission.
The Sail features Chevrolet’s trademark horizontal split grille with the gold Chevrolet emblem showcased in the middle. Internationally, the car is available in six colors, Crescent Silver, Jasmine White, Sky Blue, Coral Red, Amber Orange and Starfish Blue.
The interior include the brand’s twin-cockpit design with a flexible, modern central control panel equipped with a radio, CD player and MP3 interface. There are 24 interior storage compartments for added convenience. According to GM, the car can seat five in comfort.
Dual air bags in front, a retractable steering column, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, child safety locks and a stronger child seat system are all available as safety measures.