In order to see an improvement in its sales figures in India, Chevrolet has launched the facelifted version of its hatchback, the Sail, ahead of the festive season. It's the first facelift for the Sail after two years of its arrival in our market. The car was initially launched with high expectations but the sales have not been in favour of the car till now. Will this facelift be able to bring some change in the fate of this capable car? Let's find out.
Powertrain and Performance
From the heart, this new car is exactly same as before as it continues to be powered by two 4 cylinder DOHC engines. First is the locally produced 1.2L petrol engine which churns out a maximum power output of 82 bhp. The maximum torque output of 108.5Nm can be achieved at 5000rpm. The second unit is the reliable and the very popular 1.3L diesel. This engine has been serving multiple cars of different brands in India. In the Sail hatchback, this engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 74bhp. The maximum torque output of this engine is of 190Nm which starts coming as soon as 1750rpm. Both these engines are equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox. In terms of driveability, it's the diesel version which feels more powerful and responsive on road. The petrol engine feels out of breath when revved hard due to the weight of the car and taller gear ratios. On the other hand, the diesel engine loves to be revved hard. This engine supplies power in a linear manner and lacks erratic power bursts which makes it quite easy to drive in city traffic and offers you accurate throttle responses which is quite beneficial while overtaking. The ride quality is also quite comfortable as it absorbs potholes quite easily and offers nice straight-line stability. There is considerable body roll though when you hit corners hard with its 14 inch wheels. Apart from this, it's easy to engage gears in the Sail hatchback thanks to its smooth gearbox and progressive clutch.
Build and Styling
We won't say the exterior changes strike as fast as you expect but are visible if seen with attention to detail. The ——Hawk Wing—— style headlights have been tweaked to give a fresh appearance along with addition of chrome in its front bumper. The chrome stripe around fog lights is the new addition to the car which adds a premium touch to its presence. Move to the side and it looks no different than before. It still rides on 14 inch wheels with roof rails only available in its top variant. Chevrolet has redesigned its pillar mounted, vertical tail lights which add some fresh feel at the back. Apart from this, the styling is still quite bland. Open the doors and you will be greeted with a new dual tone beige and black interiors which lighten the aura inside and make it feel upmarket. The Sail hatchback now gets a new steering wheel with black finish, chrome garnishing on its AC vents and a gear knob surround with silver finish. The blue backlight also looks pretty cool at night. Chevrolet has also introduced a new 2-DIN audio system in Sail U-VA with bluetooth connectivity of up to 5 phones. The top variant comes equipped with features such as electrically adjustable ORVMs, digital tachometer, remote locking, rear defogger, rear wiper, alloy wheels and leather upholstery. If we talk about safety, then the Sail hatchback comes equipped with premium safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and speed sensitive auto door locks. If compared to its competitors, the car still lacks automatic climate control, indicators on ORVMs and steering mounted controls.
Prices for the Sail hatchback start from INR 4.41 lakhs and goes all the way to INR 6.80 lakhs for the top variant of its diesel version (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Yes, this car has been priced competitively and has certain capabilities like a powerful diesel engine, spacious cabin and good build quality but for now; with minimal styling changes and a short list of features, it will still face some stiff competition from other hatches.