Chevrolet Sail Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  January 24, 2014


Chevrolet SAIL is a mid-size saloon, which is developed by General Motors for the developing markets. Being a practical vehicle, SAIL had a successful run in different parts of the world during its first generation i.e. 2001-2009. Shanghai-GM developed a new model for second generation of SAIL in 2010. The saloon was launched in India on 1st February, 2013. The car, which is primarily designed and developed in China, is built and priced at a very competitive scale for a sedan.

Chevrolet SAIL is a five-seater car available with petrol and diesel engines and has its features spread across four variants namely - LS, LS ABS and LT ABS. The sedan is available in six different colours - Misty Lake, Caviar Black, Summit White, Velvet Red, Sand Rift Grey, Switchblade Silver and Linen Beige.

Powertrain & Performance

The compact sedan comes in two SMARTECH engine options. The 1.2L petrol motor pumps out 84 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque @ 5000 rpm. The power output from petrol motor is linear and it delivers the best performance in mid-range speeds. The 1.3L diesel motor is a turbocharged unit, which gives out 76 bhp @ 4000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque @ 1750 rpm. The engine is tuned to deliver power smoothly and the diesel variant is very much suitable to be driven within the cities. The 1.2L petrol motor has company claimed mileage of 18.2 kmpl. The 1.3L diesel motor has a company claimed mileage of 22.1 kmpl. This diesel engine manufactured by Fiat uses turbo charging to improve the performance and fuel efficiency.

Two different types of transmission systems are used in the Chevrolet SAIL. The diesel engine is connected to F17 type, while petrol motor is connected to SH 63 type. Both these systems are 5-speed manually operated units. In the front, the wheels are connected to chassis via MacPherson struts and at rear there are torsion beam axles. Passive twin tube gas filled shock absorbers isolate the vibrations from being transferred to wheels. Power steering makes it easier for the driver to drive this city vehicle.

Build & Styling

Chevrolet SAIL is a compact saloon, which looks tidy with its simple design aspects. The large headlamps are shaped like wings of hawk. The trademark dual port grille with Chevrolet logo at the center is the most attractive feature in the front of the car. Two bold lines start from the inner tip of headlamps stretching over the bonnet to reach the roof. Thin lines on the side body run from the tip of front wheel arches till the tail lamps at rear. The boot space merged perfectly to the rear of the car, which gives it an admirable silhouette. Alloy wheels are available in top-end variant of the Chevrolet SAIL.

The automaker has built the interior of the Chevrolet SAIL to have ample space while not compromising on comfort levels. The seats look premium with thick headrests and coffee-beige colour combination. Fabric material is used to cover these seats. The rear seat is fitted with foldaway armrest. Two-cup holders are carved into this armrest. The door handles and parking brake buttons are chrome coated. Air conditioning with heater enhances the pleasure of traveling in this vehicle. The audio system that fits in the front center console has four-speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. This connection with the audio gadget helps passengers make or answer calls and lets them play mobile music files in the audio system.

The company has built the saloon to be safe right from its basic structure. It has a safety cage, which is built of strong materials, which keep the cabin of passengers safe during a crash. Crumple zones are built into the body of the car to avoid the impacts from being transferred into the cabin. Two airbags at front cushion the occupants when the car comes across a collision. Anti-lock Braking System with EBD improves the drive ability of the vehicle in different conditions and avoids it from running out of control during braking.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Ride quality
    • Roomy interiors
    • Sporty looking
  • Cons

    • Engine could have been more powerful
    • Interior quality