In early February, General Motors India will launch its first car for 2013, in the form of the Chevrolet Sail sedan. While we still have a couple of weeks to go for the Sail sedan to be launched in India, the American car giant has showcased this car at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show. The Chevrolet Sail sedan has Chinese origins, what with it being developed by General Motors’ Chinese partner SAIC. In China, the Sail hatchback and sedan have been big sellers for GM, and the car maker will be hoping that some of this success rubs off on the Indian models as well.
Chevrolet Sail Sedan at Detroit 2013
Now, showcasing the Sail sedan at Detroit doesn’t mean that the Sail will be launched in North America anytime too soon. That said, the car has been displayed to give showgoers an idea of what a ar built for emerging markets looks and feels like. Probably, the Americans at Detroit will be thanking their stars and their cars, after checking out what the Sail looks and feels like. Meanwhile, the India-spec Sail sedan will come with a petrol and a turbo diesel engine option in the form of the 1.2 Liter S-TEC petrol motor and the 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engine.
Though the Sail sedan doesn’t measure under 4 meters in length to be classified as a small car in India, GM has taken the unusual route of outfitting the India-spec model with the 1.2 Liter S-TEC petrol engine despite having a 1.4 Liter petrol engine in its arsenal. Perhaps, the move to outfit the Sail with the more fuel efficient petrol engine has to do with diesel powered cars being the overwhelming favorite among Indian car buyers. Also, with the rising petrol prices, a fuel efficient petrol engine could do a better job at selling the petrol variants of the Sail sedan than a more powerful but less fuel efficient 1.4 Liter petrol motor.
The main sellers in the Sail sedan line up are expected to be the variants with the 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine good for 77 Bhp of peak power and 210 Nm of peak torque. The top end variants of the Sail sedan will come with twin air bags, ABS and EBD as standard. Apart from these safety features, the Sail sedan is pretty basic when it comes to equipment, in line with its positioning as an entry level C-segment sedan. Expect the Sail sedan to be priced between INR 5-6 lakhs for the entry level petrol variant while the diesel engined model could be pegged between INR 6-7 lakhs.