It’s already been test driven over 10 lakh kms in India alone and as part of GM’s major overhaul on all its existing products on sale here in India, the Sail UVA now becomes the bow tie brand’s fifth product to be launched in India in 2012.
The original Aveo UVA was a decent looking hatch and one that was particularly praised for its spacious interiors. But with the launch of this Shanghai-designed Sail which has already seen a tremendous response in Chinese markets GM is hopeful that this premium hatchback would meet the requirements of the Indian market and Indian car buyers.
Designed and developed at GM’s Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai for China plus emerging markets the new Chevrolet Sail UVA just like our spy shots taken earlier this year suggested is a significantly bigger and better looking car compared to the outgoing model with Chevy’s signature design cues, a dual-port grille adorned with a gold bowtie, better styled headlamps and fog lamps, bigger side windows and a wider-opening rear door.
Speaking at the launch of the new Chevrolet Sail UVA, Anil Mehrotra, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, GM India said, “The much-anticipated Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback is an important addition to GM’s small car portfolio in India. It brings a new sense of vitality to the largest, fastest-growing and most competitive segment in the domestic passenger car market.”
Salient interior features on the new Sail UVA (Read : Chevrolet Sail UVA : First Drive) include dual-color fabric, chrome highlights and more than 25 smart storage spaces. Don’t expect a centre console as radical as the Beat. It’s a rather plain jane interior space with regular rotary dials for the AC unit, a three-spoke steering wheel devoid of any mounted controls and a very ordinary looking music system.
The 248-litre volume boot makes the new UVA one of the most spacious luggage haulers in its segment. Another fantastic feature is the Flex flat folding rear seat that increases the back to 1,134 litres. With its low height and wide proportions the Sail will surely attract buyers for whom space and storage are priorities.
The Smartech engines powering the Sail UVA have been developed with significant input from local engineers and the research and development team. The 1.2-litre S-TEC II petrol unit now puts out an impressive 86PS @ 6000 rpm and torque figures stand at 113Nm @ 4400 rpm. The 1.3-litre SDE Smartech common rail diesel mill puts out 78PS @ 4000 rpm and a very impressive 205Nm @ 1750 rpm.
Made in India, for India and by India the Sail UVA (Read : Chevrolet Sail UVA : First Drive) gets full marks for basic safety features wherein three of the four variants come fitted with air bags. An engine immobilizer, central door locking, speed-sensitive automatic door locks and remote keyless entry further enhance active safety. In addition anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution are available in the top two variants.
The now larger Chevy hatchback powered by a pair of better refined Smartech engines returns a claimed mileage of 22.1kmpl on diesel models and a very satisfactory 18.2kmpl on petrol models.
Some special offers by General Motors with the purchase of the Sail UVA (Read : Chevrolet Sail UVA : First Drive) includes a 3 year or 1,00,000 km warranty offered as standard. In addition to this buyers’ can enjoy the security of a 5 year powertrain warranty and a 3 year Chevrolet Promise, many of which are a first in this segment.
Starting from a range of Rs 4.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to Rs 5.57 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Petrol model and Rs 5.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) to Rs 6.62 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the diesel range the Sail UVA will sell in seven different exterior colours - Super Red, Switchblade Silver, Summit White, Caviar Black, Linen Beige, Sandrift Grey and Misty Lake. The new Sail UVA is now available at GM dealerships across country, and if that’s not news enough GM has hinted at a UVA sedan also coming your way in the near future.
Chevrolet Sail UVA variant-wise pricing:
Base – Rs 4.44 lakh
LS – Rs 4.83 lakh
LS ABS – Rs 5.18 lakh
LT ABS – Rs 5.57 lakh
TCDi LS – Rs 5.87 lakh
TCDi LS ABS – Rs 6.19 lakh
TCDi LT ABS- Rs 6.62 lakh
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