Chevrolet’s line of Sail sub-compact sedans and hatchbacks has been on sale in emerging markets in their current form since 2010. And apart from a few minor updates, the entry-level family car has remained mostly unchanged since its launch. Until now.
Chevrolet is readying to introduce the next-generation Sail. Dubbed Sail 3, the changes to the new model consist of several styling updates that bring it more in line with other new vehicles in the Chevrolet portfolio. The most noticeable change comes in the way of a new two-tier grille and redesigned headlights, which make the car appear like a miniature (North American-market) 2015 Cruze.
Built on Shanghai GM’s new-generation small car architecture, the Sail 3 is 51 mm (2 inches) longer and 45 mm (1.7 inches) wider than its predecessor. The increased size results in an increase of luggage space to 366 liters, or 96 gallons.
Inside, the Sail 3 has Chevy’s signature dual-cockpit design as well as an innovative flowing instrument panel that puts controls within easy reach.
The new 1.5L DVVT and 1.3L VVT engines are matched with a choice of a five-speed manual or “mechanical automatic transmission” with start-stop function. According to GM China, the powertrain combos deliver a significant improvement in power compared with the powertrains in earlier models, while reducing combined fuel consumption to as low as 5.3 L/100 km.