The new Chevrolet Sail 3, which went on sale in December in China, has started life on strong-footing– it’s already found almost 50,000 buyers since it hit the market. But Chevrolet isn’t resting on its laurels.
Chevrolet today introduced a new variant of its updated small car: Meet the Sail 3 AMT. It starts at a mere RMB 68,900, or roughly $11,000 USD.
Just like the name would suggest, the Sail 3 AMT features an automated manual transmission which “is as easy to drive as a vehicle with an automatic transmission and as fuel efficient as a vehicle with a manual transmission,” according to Chevrolet.
The company says it’s the first model in the country to feature the new, fourth-generation Magneti Marelli-sourced automated manual, which features a hydraulic setup and a transmission control unit (TCU) that takes a swift two milliseconds to respond.
Just like any other automatic, the Sail 3 AMT doesn’t have a third-pedal and will move forward when the brake pedal is released. Drivers simply switch the gear lever over to ‘manual’ mode and they can swap cogs for themselves.
Just like other Sail 3 models, the AMT comes with the choice of a 1.3L VVT or 1.5L DVVT engines. Chevrolet says Sail 3 models equipped with the AMT will boast best-in-class fuel economy of 5.3 liters per 100 km (about 44 MPG), bettering the five-speed manual already on offer.
Offering the most interior room in its class, a new AMT transmission and a base price of $9,625 USD, the Sail 3 looks AMT looks to add even more appeal to Chevy’s new small car.