After Pune reader Satyajeet Bhaskare, it was the turn of the test-mule city's Rohan Patil to snag the Chevrolet Sail inside out. The difference is Rohan's pictures show the interiors of the hatchback version GM displayed at the Auto Expo last month while Satyajeet shot the sedan.
The dashboards of these cars don't differ, much like the Etios twins or the Swift twins. The Indigo Manza is perhaps the only vehicle in this segment to bear a different dashboard compared to its centrally-mounted dials its hatchback counterpart is endowed with.
At Pragati Maidan, the Sail hatchback's display area was chained and hence one couldn't get a close view of the interior. The Sails will at some point in 2011 replace the Aveos.
The test mule has a driver side airbag so we conclude it is among the higher variants. It has a manual gearbox and power window switches are grouped between the front seats, a unique ergonomics strategy.
The interiors are dual tone, but there's nothing exciting there. There are plenty of hard plastics and the features like steering-mounted controls, start-stop button and automatic climate control are missing.
After the launch of cars like the Beat and Cruze (on the newer 300 Series platform), that sport an unique design language, interiors that grab eyeballs and features that are smart, the Sonics should have followed them to present the similar experience to drivers in new segments.
As the Sails are based on an old platform and have a simple, uncontroversial design, the GM India's lineup could be discontinuous and pulling in different directions.
Chevrolet Sail hatchback spyshot gallery
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