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Sneak preview: How good is the all new Sail sedan?

Last updated on: February 1, 2013 09:04 IST

Sneak preview: How good is the all new Sail sedan?

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Jyotsana Gupta


After eluding its launch for nearly two months, the Chevrolet Sail sedan, which comes as a replacement for the ailing Chevrolet Aveo, is finally ready to take the stage.

The company recently started campaigns for this new sedan puting out teaser photos and videos. This created an atmosphere of anticipation and longing among the enthusiasts. Finally on Friday, the audience can catch this new entrant in flesh and blood.

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Slated for launch on the February 1 - exactly three months after its hatchback version Sail U-VA went public, Chevrolet Sail sedan is rumoured to be priced around Rs 600,000.

This brings it face-to-face with segment-leaders such as Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Toyota Etios and Tata Indigo. The model can be a game-changer for Chevrolet at this price.

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Having already reached the dealerships across the country, the car is now open for advanced bookings for Rs 51,000.

Unlike the outgoing Aveo, Sail will be available in petrol as well as diesel. The auto giant from Detroit intends to fill up all the loopholes that kept Aveo from becoming a success story in India.

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To power the petrol variants of this C-segment fresher, the same 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, SMARTECH petrol engine has been employed that presently drives the Beat and Sail U-VA. It churns out a peak 84 bhp for a top torque of 116 Nm.

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Manufactured by Fiat, a 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder, SMARTECH Turbocharged diesel engine, capable of pumping out a maximum of 77 bhp along with a peak 205 Nm of torque, has been chosen for the Chevrolet Sail's diesel variants.

Besides working for Chevrolet's star performers, this particular power-mill is also found under the hoods of several other prominent cars including Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, which is Sail's archrival and also the segment-champion.

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Apart from these fabulous engines, each of which comes coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, General Motors have also packed this new sedan with a whole lot of high-tech features.

These include twin airbags, anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), which are guaranteed to highlight its 'value for money' character and provide it with an edge over its rivals.

Speaking of rivals, the contenders that this newbie really needs to look out for are Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Tata Indigo, Toyota Etios, the upcoming Honda Amaze and the likes.

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Image: Interior of Sail sedan.


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Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire vs. Sail

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The biggest challenge that Chevrolet Sail will have to face when pitted against this Indo-Japanese compact is the trust the latter commands from car buyers.

Offering an exceptionally good resale value along with an excellent service network, MSI is indisputably the most trusted name in the Indian automotive industry.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki India

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Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire vs. Sail

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But it's not just the brand name that makes DZire the consistent best-seller it is today.

Several other factors like a competitive pricing, presence of both petrol and diesel fuel options, performance-oriented power-mills and availability of an automatic variant; all account for the immense success of this flagship ride.

In short, the toughest competitor for Sail to beat.

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Image: Interior of Dzire.
Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki India

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Tata Indigo Manza vs. Sail

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From the Indian clan of Tata, comes another rival of the upcoming Chevrolet Sail sedan in the form of Tata Indigo Manza.

Based on the iconic Tata Indica Vista, this compact sedan is best known for its powerful 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder, quadrajet diesel engine that features best-in-class power and torque figures of 88.8 bhp and 200 Nm respectively.

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Tata Indigo Manza vs. Sail

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Another area where Manza throws all competition out of the water is spaciousness, providing an extremely roomy and airy seating chamber.

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Image: Interior of Indigo Manza.


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Toyota Etios vs. Sail

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When it comes to Toyota Etios, there are a number of small yet significant details that together make this Japanese sedan a truly alluring package.

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Toyota Etios vs. Sail

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Owing to its excellently proportioned body-frame, the car has a very roomy seating compartment to offer in addition to a voluminous boot space.

And particularly for the driver's advantage, Etios has a commanding driving position, a brilliantly weighted steering wheel, easy handling and superior grip to add to the deal.

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Image: Interior of Etios.
Photographs: Courtesy, Toyota Kirloskar Motor

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Honda Amaze vs. Sail

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Finally moving on to the sedan that, unlike all other competitors of Sail, is yet to hit the market - Honda Amaze.

With bold lines and sharp contours, the exteriors of this new ride put up a pretty exciting show for the beholder.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Honda Siel Cars India

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Honda Amaze vs. Sail

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The interiors too have been given a very classy and graceful touch by the team of designers.

As for the tried and tested i-DTEC mill of Honda that will be residing under the hood of Amaze, it is speculated to generate impressive power and mileage outputs of 90 bhp and 25-26 kmpl respectively.

In all, a pretty competitive all-rounder.

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Image: Interior of Honda Amaze.


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