General Motors India’s first big car launch for 2013 promises to be the sedan version of the Chevrolet Sail hatchback. While the launch will happen in the next few weeks, GM India continues to test the car in and around Pune. As the launch is approaching, the camouflage on the Sail Sedan has been constantly decreasing. An alert Team-Bhpian has managed to snag the Sail Sedan with barest minimum camouflage possible. Given that the car is a replica of the Sail hatchback from front, the only real changes are at the rear of the car, where GM has attached a boot along with new tail lamps.
The car, while not being mirror cracking material, is a contemporary looker. The Sail sedan looks much better than the car it replaces, the Aveo sedan, and given its safe styling, the car is expected to find many takers. Folks who’re disenchanted with dowdy looking cars like the Toyota Etios, Maruti Dzire and the Mahindra Verito now have a much better looking choice in the form of the Sail sedan. Under the hood, the Sail sedan is expected to come with both petrol and diesel power. A 1.4 liter petrol engine and a 1,3 Liter turbo diesel engines will be the two powerplants on offer.
On the Sail sedan, the 1.3 Liter turbo diesel engine could come in the same state of tune as the Chevrolet Sail hatchback, which means that the car is expected to get an output of 77 Bhp-210 Nm for the diesel variants. As is the case with the Sail hatchback, both the petrol and turbo diesel engines will be mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. The top end variants of the Sail sedan will get twin airbags and ABS+EBD. GM India could launch a slew of accessories for the Sail sedan with stuff like a start-stop button making it into the accessory list.
After the Sail sedan, GM India will launch the Enjoy MPV. The Enjoy, known as the Wuling CN100 in China will be pitted against the likes of the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo. So, the MPV is expected to feature 7 seats and will be available with a 1.3 Liter turbo diesel engine. After the Sail sedan and Enjoy MPV, expect to see a dry spell in terms of product launches from GM India as the car maker will focus on its existing car line up in the country.