General Motors unveiled the Sail hatchback at the Delhi Auto Expo and we were told by our sources that GM is preparing to launch the Swift rival in mid-2012. Then came spyshots of the Sail sedan, and many readers wrote in requesting the Indian plan for this vehicle. To address that, moments ago Kaustubh posted an update on GM India commenting on the model's late-2012 launch date.
Now Indian Autos Blog reader Anjeesh spotted the Sail sedan testing in Pune. We've provided you a comprehensive look of the car's interiors very recently through Satyajeet Bhaskare's pictures of a mule from a parking lot.
The Etios rival is a product of SAIC (GM's Chinese partner), developed in China to make an affordable vehicle for the Chinese middle class. GM brought the model to India and trained it to speak the local language. The Sail twins are propelled by the Fiat-licensed 1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine. General Motors has a 1.4-liter petrol engine which it can put through a Smartech program, for short distance users. The suspension setting have also been changed. These cars are heavily localized allowing GM to price them very well.
These cars have a simplistic approach to design and feel. Much like the Etios or the Indigo, they are built to be price warriors and not to feel plush or posh. They may find a large chunk of takers in the taxi market.
General Motors will use the Sail twins to replace the Aveo siblings.