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Is this a make or break launch for GM India? We certainly think so.

Chevrolet Sail diesel specificationsChevrolet Sail petrol specifications

GM may be giving a tough fight in the lower B Segment to Maruti and Hyundai with the Chevrolet Beat diesel, but one will have to wait till the D segment (in personal car category) to see another Chevrolet that is popular (Cruze).

In the B and C segments, GM India has had a stop-go journey. The launch of the U-VA, Aveo, SRV and Optra fizzled out with time, but the company hasn’t given up its hopes.

We will see a renewed set of models in the form of the Sail twins to complete the unfinished task of its predecessors. According to our sources, the Sail hatch is as spacious as the i20, but will be price positioned very aggressively compared to the Swift. The three-year no service cost, no maintenance cost service advantage is a crowd-pulling purchase benefit for the Sail hatchback.

Despite its plain design and no-fuss interior, the Sail is China’s second best selling car in 2012.

For the Indian market, the Chevrolet Sail hatch is powered by a 1.2-liter petrol engine that puts out 86PS @ 6,000 RPM and 113Nm @ 4,400 RPM. The Multijet-based diesel engine variant (fuel type preferred by 8/10 customers in this segment) displaces 1.3 liters and puts out 78PS @ 4,000 RPM and 205Nm @ 1,750 RPM.

The Sail hatch is 3.94m long, and has a boot capacity of 248 liters. Unlike the Beat, it is equipped with a hydraulic power steering unit. GM India has confirmed to Indian Autos Blog that it will launch the Sail hatchback in petrol and diesel variants in October.

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  • jayaraj

    Chevrolet Sail will be the market changer for GM India, as Cruze and Beat Diesel which has proved in its segment. Price factor always the best value for money cars. Yo Chevy…!

  • sandy

    Would like to see the face-off between Sail twins with Etios twins. Others won’t be taken into account. Both Sail hatchback and Etios Liva, do have almost identical size, wheelbase, tracks and boot space. The diesel varient of both have exactly the same “power to weight ratio”, although petrol Etios Liva does have better power to weight ratio then Sail, but its diesel world. And if Sail diesel be priced frm Rs 5.8 lakhs, then price is also identical. So waiting to see bull fight of both GM and TOYOTA.

  • Doctor

    Acc to ACI prices for diesel hatch will start from 5.8 lak

  • http://www.enidhi.net Shrinidhi Hande

    What does “Spare wheel: full size, steel wheel” mean? Anyone gives half size spare wheeel?

    • http://www.facebook.com/srkdesigns SRK

      Actually, this would mean that the wheel size is same as the ones fitted onto the car for driving.

      Some manufacturers provide a space saving wheel that is usually much thinner.

      Hope that gave you some idea sir :)

      • http://indianautosblog.com Kaustubh Shinde

        Yes, these are called donuts wheels…they help save cost ;)

  • Ram

    The Beat Diesel is definitely a brilliant package on the whole. Stunning, futuristic design, classy interiors, sporty ride and superb mileage. The Sail may not be able to match the Beat on many aspects, but Chevy would definitely price it extremely aggressively and offer excellent mileage, space and hassle free maintenance- factors which might work in its favour.