Sail U-VA revs into town

General Motors India recently rolled out the all-new Chevrolet Sail U-VA, a premium hatchback taking styling, performance and safety to a new level.

General Motors India Vice-President P Balendran launches the 'Chevrolet Sail U-VA' hatchback in Bangalore. DH Photo

The Sail U-VA hatchback is built on a new global small passenger car platform created especially for fast-growing emerging markets, including India. Engineers at the GM Technical Center-India in Bangalore spent nearly two years adapting the platform for India to ensure that it would meet the requirements of the Indian market and the country’s car buyers.

“The much-anticipated Chevrolet Sail U-VA hatchback is an important addition to GM’s small car portfolio in India,” said P Balendran, Vice President, GM India. “It brings a new sense of vitality to the largest, fastest-growing and most competitive segment in the domestic passenger car market.”

The Sail U-VA hatchback’s exterior exudes Chevrolet’s sporty styling. The front view features Chevrolet’s signature design cues, including a dual-port grille adorned with a golden bowtie that gives it a bold look. The hood features muscular cutlines that provide a three-dimensional appearance. Hawk Wing-style headlamps and Shooting Star-style front fog lamps further enhance the vehicle’s elegance.

From the side, its unique waistline gives the Sail U-VA hatchback a dynamic stance. Its body proportions offer a perfect ratio of a long front and short rear, with a lower stance in front that moves upward to a higher stance in back.

The car is available in seven colours: Super Red, Switchblade Silver, Summit White, Caviar Black, Linen Beige, Sandrift Grey and Misty Lake.

The interior of the Sail U-VA hatchback comes with a Chevrolet Corvette-inspired dual-cockpit design. The Horizon View dashboard design provides an uninterrupted panoramic view. The Sail U-VA hatchback’s high roof design offers ample headroom even for taller passengers. Smart and well-thought-out storage spaces provide room for passengers to stow their belongings.

The Fun-Wide entertainment system has Bluetooth functionality. It supports five phone pairings and audio streaming.

Advanced, Efficient Powertrains At the heart of the Sail U-VA hatchback is GM India’s latest family of petrol and diesel Smartech engines, which present an excellent combination of high power, high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

1.3-Litre SDE Smartech Diesel Engine

The 1.3-litre SDE Smartech common rail diesel engine is a revolution in small diesel engine technology. The state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine delivers power of 78 PS @ 4,000 rpm and torque of 205 Nm @ 1,750+/-50 rpm along with fuel economy of 22.1 kmpl.

Among its cutting-edge technical features are a lightweight aluminium alloy DOHC cylinder head, lightweight pistons with graphite-coated skirts that have anti-friction properties, and low-tension piston rings that decrease weight and increase fuel economy. A short-skirt compact cast iron cylinder block with an aluminum bedplate enhances stiffness.

1.2-Litre Smartech Petrol Engine

The Sail U-VA’s 1.2-litre Smartech petrol engine delivers uncompromised power and durability in a small package. The application of an epoxy coating on the cylinder block and anti-corrosion coating on cam cover baffles along with the use of stainless steel core plugs and bay-to-bay ventilation ensure a long life.

The Sail U-VA hatchback features safety cage body construction supported by the extensive use of high-strength steel. The three-point structure is capable of dispersing 80 per cent of the force in a front impact, preventing intrusion into the cabin. An engine immobiliser, central door locking, speed-sensitive automatic door locks and remote keyless entry further enhance active safety.

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