While the petrol variants of the sedan will be priced from Rs 4.99-6.41 lakh, the diesel variants will range from Rs 6.29-7.51 lakh.
Based on Sail UVA hatchback, the new sedan will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki DZire, Toyota Etios, Ford Classic, Mahindra Verito and the Tata Indigo eCS. Like the hatchabck, it will have ample space and one of the largest boot with capacity of 370 litre.
Developed on a global passenger car platform meant for emerging markets, Sail sedan is one of the fastest selling cars in the Chinese market with annual sales of over half a million units, GM India would be hoping to garner atleast 10% of that in India. Having got muted response to its premium hatchback Sail U-VA with sales of just 3,000 units since launch, GM India is hoping to bring in incremental numbers through this sedan.
The Sail sedan is positioned in one of fastest growing entry level sedan segment in India,which has been growing at the rate of 40% over the last three years where close to 40,000 units are sold in a month.
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Anil Mehrotra, CFO, General Motors India said “We are hoping to create excitement in the market with new launches like Sail and we hope to garner a significant share in the entry level sedan market.”
The Sail sedan comes with a five speed gearbox specially tuned for Indian roads. The suspension has also been tuned for the Indian road conditions, maintaining sharp driving dynamics, claims Chevrolet.
The petrol motor is a 1.2-litre unit developing 86 PS @ 6000 rpm and 113 Nm @ 4400 rpm, while the diesel Sail sedan is powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3 litre Multijet engine which develops 78 PS @4000 rpm and 205 Nm @ 1750 rpm.
According to Zigwheels.com, the sedan looks exactly like the hatchback right up to the B-pillar and it’s only when you move to the side that you spot the boot and the new 8-spoke alloys