Expert Review of Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS
Chevrolet India is one of the oldest automobile companies to enter the country’s marketplace. This car maker is the fully owned subsidiary of the American international automobile giant called as General Motors, which is quite famous across the globe. This company first entered the Indian car market way back in year 1928 and was one of the first companies to set up an assembling facility in the country. But had to leave the country in year 1952, due to some government policy changes and then once again they entered India in year 2003 and re-launched their vehicles in the automobile market. They have quite a number of dealerships in across the country along with service centers as well. They have recently launched an excellent hatchback, the Chevrolet Sail UVA, which has been rolled out in both petrol and diesel engine based versions. The company is offering this hatchback in four trims of petrol and three trims of diesel engine based variants for the customers to choose from. The Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS is the mid level trim in the diesel lineup and has been integrated with some very exciting and practical features. This terrific hatchback is being sold across all their dealerships in the country and the company is also offering a 3 years / 100000 Kms warranty (whichever is earlier) on this vehicle. This diesel hatchback has been fitted with a power packed 1.3 L power plant, which has already generated quite a lot of popularity in the Indian car market. This 1248cc diesel mill has four cylinders and is skillfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box. Some of the interesting comfort features, which are equipped in this Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS, are an advanced audio system with four speakers along with Aux-in and a USB interface and Bluetooth connectivity, a powerful air conditioning unit with heater, electrically adjustable external mirrors, dual tone interiors with premium fabric upholstery, quite a number of storage spaces and many more such functions. Apart from these, the company has also fitted several protective and safety aspects such as an antilock braking system for efficient braking, a security alarm system along with an engine immobilizer, a speed sensitive auto door locks, driver and front co-passenger airbags and many more such protective functions, which will ensure safety for all the occupants along with the vehicle as well.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel hatchback is fitted with a 1.3 L turbocharged SMARTECH motor, which also has a DOHC and four cylinders. This power train has the capacity to displace 1248cc and the company claims that this diesel car has the capacity to churn out a rather impressive mileage of 22.1 kmpl, when driven under standard conditions and which is also approved by the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India).
Chevrolet India is offering this Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel hatchback in several lively exterior paint options, which includes a subtle Misty Lake metallic finish, an elegant looking Linen Beige finish, a neatly done up Sandrift Grey metallic finish, a bright and polished looking Summit White finish along with a flamboyant Super Red metallic finish as well.
Acceleration and Pick up
The power packed diesel mill that displaces 1248cc has the ability to propel this latest hatchback, Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS from 0 – 100 kmph in just about 16 seconds, which is quite exciting. On the other hand, this most recent entrant has the capacity to attain a top speed in the range of 150 – 155 kmph, which is rather remarkable.
This Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel hatchback has an aerodynamic body structure along with an energetic design. The front fascia of this hatchback has a bold stance with a dual port front radiator grille, which is perforated and has a lot of chrome on it. This stylish front grille also has a horizontal slat, which holds the large Chevrolet Bow Tie badge of the company that is in golden color. This grille is flanked by a large and incandescent head light cluster, which gets a hawk wing kind of a design and style that gives a high class stance to the front façade. This head light cluster has been fitted with high intensity lamps and also includes the side turn blinkers inside it. Below this grille is a neatly done up body colored front bumper, which has an air dam in the center that is surrounded by a pair of bright fog lamps. The side profile is outstanding with pronounced wheel arches, which have been fitted with a modish set of alloy wheels that add to the stylishness of this diesel hatchback. The sides have also been fitted with body colored outside rear view mirrors as well as door handles. The rear end gets a bright tail lamp cluster with a high mounted stop lamp and a rear body colored bumper.
The insides are done with well dressed dual tone interiors that are in Coffee Beige color. The seating arrangement is very comfortable with well cushioned seats that have high quality foam and are covered with premium fabric upholstery. The company has equipped this Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS with a sporty three spoke steering wheel, which is adding to the elegance of the interiors. The center stack bezel is done up with a metallic paint, while there are quite a few storage spaces as well such as a high volume glove box for keeping some bigger things in it. Then there are a couple of cup holders in the front central console along with front door map pockets as well to keep some smaller things at hand. The instrument cluster is in a rising sun kind of an appearance and has amber colored interior illumination, which makes its look outstanding and excellent. The internal handles of this stylish hatchback are finished in chrome and so is the parking brake button as well. The power steering wheel as well as the gear knob is covered in premium quality leather, which add up to the overall elegance of this hatchback. Apart from all these, this diesel hatchback also has a highly advanced music system with Radio and CD player with Bluetooth connectivity and has four speakers along with input functions such as a USB interface and Aux-in input, rear parcel tray, a cigar lighter, an ashtray, a digital clock and many more such impressive features.
The overall dimensions of this roomy hatchback are rather liberal and can accommodate five passengers with ease. The total length of this new Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel hatchback is 3946mm along with a total width of 1690mm. Then the overall height of this latest hatchback is 1503mm and it has a spacious wheel base of 2465mm. This hatchback has a noteworthy ground clearance of 174mm and also has minimum turning radius of 10.3 meters. This new Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel has a boot space of 248 litres, which can be further increased to 1134 litres by folding the rear seat. The approximate kerb weight of this new diesel hatchback is close to 1124 kgs and it also has a centrally mounted fuel tank that can hold up to 40 litres of diesel in it, which is pretty good even for longer drives.
The company has fitted this latest Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel hatchback with a power packed 1.3 L power plant that is turbocharged has been equipped with four cylinders that have 16 valves. This diesel mill has the advanced SMARTECH technology along with a DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) and a sequential injection fuel supply system. This commanding diesel motor has the capability to displace 1248cc and has the capacity to generate a maximum power output of 76.44 Bhp at 4000 Rpm in combination with a peak torque yield of 205 Nm at 5000 Rpm. This 1.3 L diesel engine is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box and is also compliant with all the norms of Bharat Stage – IV.
The wheels of Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS are quite robust and sturdy and the company has equipped this mid level variant with sturdy set of 14 inch steel wheels of size 14 x 5.5 J, which add to the stylishness of the sides of this hatchback. These wheels have been covered with muscular tubeless radial tyres of size 175/70 R14, which have a superior road grip on any landscape. The company has also fitted a standard spare wheel of the same size in the boot compartment, which is present in all the variants.
The suspension system of this Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel hatchback is very tough and fearsome. The front axle of this diesel hatchback has been fitted with a McPherson strut type of mechanism along with a passive twin tube gas filled shock absorber for balancing it. While the rear part of this Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel gets a twist axle along with a set of the same shock absorbers that are fitted in the front.
Handling and Control
The braking system of this diesel hatchback is very capable and can control this hatchback without difficulty. The front tyres of this new Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS are fitted with a pair of disc brakes, while the rear tyres have been equipped with drum brakes. Apart from this, the company has also integrated this hatchback with the advanced antilock braking system (ABS) as well. The Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS diesel also has several other features as well such as a safe cage, an engine immobilizer, central locking, three point ELR front seat belts, a driver seat belt and key-in reminder notification, a dual horn, side impact front and rear door beams for added protection, child protection locks for the rear doors, driver airbag, a centrally located high mount stop lamp and many more such features, which help out in better handling of this diesel hatchback.
Interiors are good, powerful engine, remarkable safety and comfort features.
Engine noise can be reduced, exteriors can be made better and the price can be more competitive.
Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS Description
Chevrolet has launched an affordable and reliable premium hatchback for the people of India, Sail UVA LS ABS. The car has been awarded the Hatchback of the Year 2013 in Car and Bike Awards 2013. Bloomberg TV Autocar Awards 2013 awared it the title of Compact Car of the Year 2013. Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS has a list of 8 variants wherein 4 are petrol variants and 4 are diesel. This Sail UVA LS ABS is a petrol variant which is revealed to compete with the present cars in this range such as Toyota Etios Liva, Ford Figo, Maruti Swift and Fiat Punto. The car has a powerful 4 cylinder engine which has a displacement of 1248cc. The engine is mated with a five speed manual transmission system. There is a 1.2 liter SMARTECH petrol engine and can create up to a maximum power of 78 PS which can be gained at the acceleration of 4000 RPM with the topmost torque output of 205 Nm which can be gained at the acceleration of 1750 RPM. The top speed run of the car is 150 kmph. Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS is quite a fuel efficient as well as the Chevrolet claims that it will deliver a mileage of 18.2 kmpl. According to the Indian roads condition the mileage will be around 15 kmpl in busy traffic and around 18 Kmpl on the empty roads. The fuel tank capacity of the car is huge having the capacity to store about 40 liters of petrol. Dual tone interiors, three spoke sporty steering wheel, amber color interior illumination, chrome parking brake button and center stack bezel with metallic paint make the interior of the vehicle worth appreciating. Not only the interiors look beautiful, the exteriors of the car are also appreciable due to its hawk wing styling headlamps, dual port front grille with golden Chevrolet bowtie, full wheel covers, and body color front and rear bumpers. Chevrolet Sail UVA LS ABS is equipped with comforting features like power steering, front and rear power windows, height adjustable front headrest, remote fuel filter and tailgate release, central door locking, cigar lighter and many more. The dimensions measurements of the car as follows: the overall length is 3694mm, width is 1690 mm and height is 1503 mm. The curb weight is 1124 kg. The wheelbase and ground clearance mark of the vehicle is 2465 mm and 168mm, respectively. The car is equipped with a McPherson Strut suspension at the front and Twist Axle suspension at the rear end. The size of the tyres of the machine are 175/70 R14 inches which are equipped with a disc type brake at the front and drum type brake at the rear which is further accommodated with ABS. The safety features of the vehicle are rear seat child protection door locks, centrally located high mount stop lamp, engine immobilizer, side impact front and rear door beam and driver seat belt reminder. The colors in which this car comes in are Caviar Black, Misty Lake, Switchblade Silver, Super Red, Summit White, Linen Beige and Sand Drift Grey.