General Motors unveiled two new vehicles for the Indian market at the Delhi Auto expo 2012, Chevrolet Sail and a Chevrolet MPV concept. These are the first vehicles that’s roll out from GM’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.
The Sail is a sub four metre car and is expected to be launched by mid-2012 that is 3947mm long and has a wheelbase of 2465mm making the car pretty big on space and the tall stance of the car promises great headroom too. The Sail is a premium hatchback that looks like any Chevrolet from the front with its dual-port grille and the Chevrolet logo. The rear looks distinct with the tail lamps hosted at the top of the rear profile like the Punto and the interiors get GM’s endorsed dual-cockpit design that features a lot of storage in the inside.
The Sail will be available in a 1.2L petrol engine that churns out 81bhp and a 1.3L Fiat’s diesel engine that will be added post the launch of the petrol variant and a must mention is that the petrol tank of the car is placed in the centre of the car.
The second product that was unveiled is an MPV (seven or eight seater) that looks very significant in its own way looking neat and sharp with no frills on the outside that will compete with the Innova, Xylo and the Aria. The MPV will initially be launched with a 1.4L petrol engine that delivers 94bhp and like the Sail, a diesel variant post the launch of the petrol variant.
The MPV’s chassis will be fine tuned at GM’s technical centre in Bangalore along with British car maker Lotus which is indeed a big step that shows how serious Chevy is in the Indian market.