Monday, September 29, 2014

#GeneralMotors India Launches New #Chevrolet SAIL Sedan & Hatchback

General Motors India has launched the new Chevrolet SAIL hatchback and sedan. The SAIL hatchback is priced between Rs 4.41 and Rs 6.81 lakh and the SAIL sedan is priced between Rs 5.19 and Rs 7.64lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

“The new SAIL hatchback and sedan reinforce GM’s commitment to provide offerings that offer value for money at the heart of the market,” said Arvind Saxena, President and Managing Director, General Motors India. “The SAIL family has gained a reputation for class-leading quality and spirited performance, while providing a spacious interior and sporty styling to meet the needs of our esteemed customers.”

Originally introduced in 2012, the SAIL is built on a global passenger car platform that was created especially for India and other fast-growing emerging markets. The platform has crossed the 1 million sales figure in July 2014.

The unique character lines of the SAIL hatchback and sedan accentuates the models’ widened, dynamic stance. The bold contours give both a classic three-dimensional look, which set them apart in the segment. The streamlined shape provides the added benefit of reduced drag, for lower fuel consumption. Large panoramic side windows with blackened-out effect and wide-opening rear doors give the SAIL the feel of a much larger car. In addition, the SAIL sedan is equipped with a chrome strip on the boot-lid for added visual appeal from the rear.

The SAIL is available in six exterior colours: Velvet Red (Sedan only), Super Red (Hatchback only), Switchblade Silver, Summit White, Caviar Black, Linen Beige and Sand rift Grey.

The 1.3-litre SDE SMARTECH turbo-charged common rail diesel engine in the new SAIL is a revolution in small diesel engine technology. It was developed by the GM Diesel Engine Technical Centre in Turin, Italy, with the support of engineers in Pune and Bangalore.

The state-of-the-art four-cylinder engine offers a balance between cost, performance and fuel efficiency specifically for local car buyers. It delivers power of 75 PS @ 4,000 rpm and torque of 190 Nm @ 1,750rpm along with fuel economy of 22.1 km/l.

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

The 1.2-litre SMARTECH petrol engine was created by the GM Technical Centre-India in cooperation with GM India’s power train plant in Talegaon, Pune. The engine features aluminum cylinder heads, a deep skirt cylinder block and lightweight pistons with low-tension rings, which decrease weight and maximize fuel economy.

The engine also features a DOHC valve-train with direct-acting valve actuation to further improve efficiency, as well as a long-runner plastic intake manifold for good low-end torque and a lightweight counterbalanced crankshaft that limits noise, vibration and harshness. The engine’s maintenance-free inverted tooth timing chain drive system has chain links that engage at a lower impact speed for quiet operation.

The engine delivers uncompromised power and durability in a small package. It delivers power of 83.6 PS @ 6000 rpm and torque of 108.5 NM @ 5000 rpm along with a fuel economy of 18.2 kmpl. The application of an epoxy coating on the cylinder block and anti-corrosion coating on the cam cover goes along with the use of stainless steel core plugs and bay-to-bay ventilation ensuring a long life.

The SAIL has been put through more than 6.3 million km of testing on different terrains and in extreme climate conditions across India and other countries. To further meet the highest quality expectations of customers, 1,567 parts and components underwent the same stringent global testing that GM applies to its luxury cars. GM’s global quality management processes and standards were also applied in R&D, procurement, quality control and manufacturing.

The SAIL hatchback and sedan come with the unique Chevrolet Complete Care programme. It includes the industry-first Chevrolet Promise, which offers assured low cost of maintenance, exclusive warranty packages, Chevrolet U-First customer centric programs and apps, and the round-the-clock 24x7 Roadside Assistance Program, which is free for three years with all new car purchases. The Roadside Assistance Program is also available for existing customers at a nominal cost, provided the vehicle is not more than five years old.

GM India has also developed digital applications such as the Chevrolet Service Estimator Online tool, which is available on Chevrolet India’s website and helps calculate periodic service costs, and the MyChevroletIndia mobile application, which helps users locate and contact the nearest authorized Chevrolet service station.