A couple of summers ago, when Nissan India launched the Micra hatchback, the Push-Button start that the car’s top end variant featured was a major attraction as this was a feature that had hitherto been available only on luxury cars north of the INR 20 lakh rupee mark. By offering on the Micra hatchback, essentially a car built to a tight budget, Nissan effectively democratised this feature. Ever since, more and more B+ segment cars like the Hyundai i20 and the Renault Pulse have jumped onto the push button start brigade, so much so that the General Motors India has taken the whole idea a step further.
The accessory list for the recently launched 2012 Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback lists the push button start option as one of the accessories. This move from GM India seems is a first for the Indian car market as the push button start is usually offered as an option only on the higher variants of a car. By offering it as an accessory, GM India has now made it possible for even the base variant of the Sail U-VA to be fitted with the push button start feature. Other such accessories on offer for the Sail U-VA hatchback are as follows,
* Car Inverter
* Car Refrigerator
* Rear Headrest Mounted LCD Screen
* 2-DIN Audio system
* Fog Lamps
* Rear Parking Sensors
* Gear Lever Lock
* Car Security System
* Ambient Lighting
* Chrome Garnishes for Headlamps and Tail-lamps
* Chromed door handles and wing mirrors
* Ambient Lighting for the Cabin
* Roof Spoiler
From the extensive list of accessories that GM India has lined up for the Sail U-VA, the car maker it seems is giving buyers the option of infusing a dash of style and convenience to the spacious and practical hatchback. Coming to the car in itself, the Sail U-VA comes with 1.2 Liter petrol engine and a 1.3 Liter turbo diesel engine options. Both these engines come mated to 5 speed manual transmissions. The pick of these engines with the 1.3 Liter turbo diesel motor. The diesel mill produces a peak power of 77 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 210 Nm.
This engine has its origins in the Fiat-GM alliance, which led to the development of this engine, that is also known as the Fiat Multijet unit. In the Sail, GM has managed to do a fine job of tuning this engine as it feels more punchier than the Fiat Multijet units doing duty in a plethora of cars, across brands in India. GM India has no plans of offering the Sail U-VA with an automatic transmission in the near future. In the coming months, GM India will launch the sedan version of the Sail U-VA, in the form of the Sail Sedan. Like the hatchback, the Sail sedan will also get petrol and turbo diesel engine options.