Chevrolet launched the third-generation Sail 3 in China today following its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November. The Sail 3 received several important updates over the outgoing model such as updated styling and new 1.3- and 1.5-liter engines.
The styling updates to the sail brings the appearance of the affordable compact car more in line with the rest of the Chevrolet lineup. A new two-tier grille has been employed upfront, which is joined by redesigned headlights and a larger Chevrolet bowtie.
The Sail 3 also rides on Shanghai GM’s new small car architecture, which has enabled the it to grow by 2 inches in length and 1.7 inches in width over the outgoing model. As a result, the new car boasts a larger trunk and has 6 mm more shoulder room in the front, 8 percent more headroom and 25 percent more knee room.
Also adding to the more spacious feeling inside the Sail 3 is Chevrolet’s new dual-cockpit interior design. New technologies also join the redesigned interior such as a 4.3-inch color touch screen display with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, voice recognition, Bluetooth functionality and more.
The Sail 3 is powered by either a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A standard stop-start system helps reduce fuel consumption by 3 to 5 percent in heavy traffic and city driving, while a new electric power steering system makes low-speed city steering easier.
Shanghai GM says the Sail 3 will start at RMB 59,900 ($9,625 USD) for 1.3-liter models and RMB 73,900 ($11,875 USD) for 1.5-liter models.