General Motors India added another feather to its cap in the name of Chevrolet Sail sedan. The sedan was launched in both diesel as well as petrol variant. The Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base is the entry level diesel variant in the Sail range and it has been equipped with all the basic features. Under the hood here, the car variant comes with 1.3-litre diesel engine, which is capable of churning out maximum power and torque of 76.9bhp at 4000 rpm and 205Nm respectively. To amplify the mileage figures and performance of the car, the engine here has been coupled with 5-speed manual transmission . The mileage delivery from Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base lands between 18.9 to 22.1 kmpl, which is quite impressive. On the other hand, the pickup and acceleration of the car is decent and is further complimented by a top speed of 160 kmph. The exteriors are also one of the main highlights of the car. The sportiness accompanied by elegance makes the sedan look attractive and very alluring. The front end is eye catching with its large headlamps and body coloured bumper, while stylish tail lights with well-shaped boot lid turn the exteriors more inspiring. Alternatively, the interiors are airy and very sophisticated. The dual-tone colour scheme, lots of storage space, power steering wheel, front power windows and AC with heater make the interiors very comfortable and convenient. Talking about the safety aspect, this is the base diesel variant; therefore, it doesn’t feature ABS, EBD and passenger’s airbags, fog lamps, etc. but a strong braking system with seat belts, engine immobiliser, door ajar warning, front and side impact beams, etc. make it fairly strong on the safety front.
The looks of Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base sedan are combinations of aerodynamic structure with a dynamic design. The front profile of the car features a dual port radiator grille that makes the sedan look very urban. In addition to this, the headlight cluster is fitted with high-intensity lamps along with side turn indicators. The body coloured front bumper compliments the smooth bonnet very well. The side profile of the car features flared wheel arches with broad wheels. This one being the base diesel variant, alloy wheels are not present here. The body coloured ORVMs and body coloured door handles add more beauty to the sedan. Finally, the rear end of this car comes with bright and very stylish tail lights, together with a high mounted stop lamp and a body coloured rear bumper.
As soon as you step inside the Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base, the first thing that attracts you is the dual tone interior scheme (coffee and beige). The high quality fabric upholstery gives a feel of spacious interiors here. Also, ample amounts of storage space in the form of front door map pockets, cup holder for the front, glove box, etc. has been provided. Sufficient legroom and headroom further enhances the interior. To turn the Sail urban cool, you would find a lot of chrome finishes here and there. The inside door handles are attractive and have good grip. The positioning of the AC vents is perfect, which provide perfect cooling within a matter of few seconds to the rear seat occupants as well.
It is very important for any car to come with exclusive comfort for the passengers and the driver. Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base is no different. GM India has blessed this car model with numerous comfort and convenience features. The front cabin has been designed ergonomically keeping in mind the comfort of the driver during the drive. The power tilt steering wheel has been positioned correctly, which ensures smooth handling of the car. The power windows are present for the front along with a proficient air conditioning system with heater . The ORVMs are power adjustable. Apart from these, the other comfort and convenience features comprise of front cup holders, day and night internal rear view mirror, remote fuel lid and boot opener, sun visor, height adjustable front seat head rests, luggage compartment lamp and more. All these things make this car variant comfy and delightful.
Under the bonnet of Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base is housed a very frugal and performance packed 1.3-litre diesel engine with a displacement of 1248cc . This engine has the capacity to a produce peak power output of 76.9bhp at the rate of 4000 rpm along with generating maximum torque of 205Nm at the rate of 1750 rpm. The 5-speed manual transmission coupled with the engine makes the car deliver high class mileage figures. On the city roads, the car deliver 18.9 kmpl of mileage , while on the highways 22.1 kmpl of fuel economy is delivery with utter comfort. The pickup and acceleration of Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base on the other hand is humble. The top speed of the car is 160 kmph and takes about 16 seconds to touch the 100 kmph speed mark .
Braking and handling
The braking and handling of Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base is quite decent. The car comes with a strong brake system comprising of disc brakes for the front and drum brakes for the rear . The smooth handling of the sedan is possible because of enhanced and impressive suspension system, which comprise of McPherson strut for the front and torsion beam axle for the rear. The power steering further enhances the overall handling of the car.
Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base is the base diesel variant in the Sail sedan range, which means high safety traits like Anti-Lock Braking system, Electronic Brake Force Distribution System and airbags are missing here. But to make the car fairly strong in this section, the car variant comes with engine immobiliser, 3-point ELR front seat belts, driver’s seat belt reminder, door ajar warning, key-in reminder, high mounted stop lamp , front and side impact beams, dual horn, rear seat child protection door locks and more. All these things together make Chevrolet Sail 1.3 Base pretty decent in the safety section.
Stylish and sporty appearance, frugal diesel engine with impressive mileage figures
Lack of rear power windows, airbags, ABS and EBD