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Chevrolet Sail sedan: Big on space and power, weak on styling
Feb 21, 2013, 17:39 PM IST
New Delhi: Last week saw an addition to the mid-size saloon segment in India with the launch of Chevrolet Sail saloon across the nation. Starting at what one website called a ‘shockingly low price’ of Rs 5 lakh, the latest launch from the house of Chevrolet is pitted against the likes of Maruti's best-selling sedan Swift Dzire and Mahindra Verito, which has had an enjoyable run so far.
Now without a doubt, the saloon space is clearly far less crowded and therefore, less competitive than the hatchback segment. But is that, combined with the aggressively low pricing be enough for Sail sedan to turbocharge Chevrolet’s sales and set the cash registers jingling for it?
Take a look at what the Sail saloon has to offer in terms of looks, design and performance to assess whether it can match up to competition.
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Exterior: Minus the boot, the Sail sedan looks almost exactly like its hatchback U-VA avatar- there is practically no difference made to the vehicle's which means the front two-part grill, chevrolet bow tie and swept back headlamps are retained.
The two vehicles are in fact identical till the B-pillar. Initial reviews suggest both the front and the sides of the car aren't really much to boast about.
However, move past the B-pillar and you can notice a revamped roof and door design. Also, the rear windows are larger.
The boot adds 300 mm, taking the overall length of the vehicle to 4.25 litres. But this means storage space gets jacked up considerably.
Interior: design & features
Even on the inside, the Chevrolet Sail sedan is not very different from its hatch version. Initial reviews say the plastics appear plain but 'tough and no-nonsense'. The dash design too isn't much to write home about. The silver finish for the central console lifts the appearance.
Interior: design & features
The vehicle also comes fitted with a powerful AC although it lacks climate control. The music system has USB and aux-in, too. The controls of the power windows and placed in the front and could have been better positioned.
Safety features include airbags and ABS only in top-end variants. One misses steering-mounted audio, seat height adjustment for the driver, etc.
The Chevrolet Sail saloon will not leave you disappointed as far as space and comfort is concerned. There is plently of legroom and headroom in the rear, and noticeably better thigh support too.
The cushioning is much softer and that much more comfortable.
Chevrolet Sail saloon offers two engine options- a 1.2 litre petrol motor and a 1.3 litre diesel engine.
The petrol engine churns out 85 bhp at 11.5 kg torque, and is mated to a 5-speed manual gear box. The vehicle is pretty responsive from the mid to higher rev range. One review said the petrol variant touched the 100 km/hour mark within an impressive 14.5 seconds.
The 1.3 diesel motor churns out 77 bbhp of power and 20.5 kg torque, and boasts a high degree of responsiveness even in the lower rev range. The turbo kicks in without that sudden surge of power that can make driving uncomfortable. Post turbo charge kicking in, the car's mid range is expectantly strong, points out Auto Car.
Suspension is capable of handling Indian roads quite well, and the potholes are barely noticeable.
Steering is a weak point- it takes a firm hand to keep the vehicle in a straight line, points out a review.
What works well in favour of the Chevrolet Sail saloon is its comfortable and spacious interiors, generous boot space, high quality of ride, powerful diesel and petrol motors and of course, an attractive price tag.
However, the less-than-inspiring exterior and interior styling, weak steering and slightly disappointing performance at higher speeds mars the appeal of the vehicle.