Chevrolet’s current Asian-market Sail is a bit of a snooze-fest, but the automaker is banking on a facelift to change that. The small sedan, which Indian Autos Blog reports “has finished either in 9th, 10th, or 11th position in the ranking table for personal [car sales]” in the Chinese market during the first five months of 2014, was recently spotted without any disguise.
While it’s unlikely someone will call the car in these spy shots pretty, it certainly is a contemporary improvement. The front end sports a grille that mimics the larger Chevy Malibu’s, while the rear end trades in the current car’s Cobalt-like look for a design that has a bit more Cruze to it. The Sail also appears to sport a new beltline with a distinct kick in the rear, although it’s difficult to say from the pictures provided. Meanwhile, a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder with about 110-horsepower is expected to be primary motivation for the compact sedan.
Despite remaining a hot commodity in China, the Sail’s sales have faltered in India, with the number of Sails sold dropping “from 758 units in January this year  to 457 units in May.”