As we anticipate the hot new unveilings at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, there’s a completely different show happening on the other side of the planet. So before we get to banter on about whatever mystery concept Chevy has for us, we should take notice of what’s happening at the New Delhi Auto Expo.
Not that it’s sexy, or overly exciting, but The Bowtie brand has introduced a hatchback version of the Asian market’s popular Chevy Sail compact car to the densely populated Indian market. Essentially, it seems to be a fantastic example of bare-bones practicality. While Chevy is a little vague on the details upfront, we are told that the car can seat up to five, features a radio with CD and auxiliary capabilities, and will be powered by GM India’s new line of “Smartech” engines in both gasoline and diesel flavors.
If it’s going to be anything like the Chinese-spec Sail Hatch, look for a 1.2 liter (available on the SE and SX trim levels) and an up-level 1.4 liter as gasoline engine choices along with a $8,314 starting price, using current exchange rates.