The Chevrolet Sail was introduced to the Philippine automotive market in 2015. It serves as the brand’s entry into the subcompact sedan category. It comes in three variants and two transmission options, with the 1.5 LT AT as the top range variant. At launch, the Sail was priced within the P790,000 to P917,000 range.
Upfront, the subcompact sedan boasts of its polished chrome trimmings on the front grille with the brand’s iconic bowtie emblem. Enlarged halogen headlamps and fog lamps complete the refined look of the fascia. On the rear are bulb type tail lamps.
The top range variant features a sunroof with slide and tilt function for natural light and ventilation. Wheel size depends on the variant as the base and mid-level variants come with 14-inch alloys and the top of the line LTZ variant is decked with 15-inch alloys.
All variants of the Chevrolet Sail come in jet black interior finishes with the top range variant accented by silver trims. Driver’s seats are equipped with 4-way adjust systems while passenger’s seats come with 2-way adjustability. Seats are wrapped in premium jet-black fabric which adds to the sedan’s sophisticated feel.
The Sail boasts of a spacious cabin that can comfortably accommodate four to five people, providing plenty of legroom in both front and back rows.
Technology & Safety Features
The sedan’s infotainment system covers the bare necessities. The top range variant is decked with a 4.2-inch head unit that features MP3, AUX, USB, iPod, Decode, Mirrorlink, and HDD Media Storage. Base variants come with a radio single din clock capable of connectivity to MP3, AUX, and USB. Sounds come out of a 4-speaker set-up.
In terms of safety features though, Chevrolet equipped the Sail with an extensive package. All variants come with keyless entry, anti-lock braking system, and electronic brakeforce distribution. It also includes a 12V electric socket and electric rear window defoggers as standard. Meanwhile, the top of the line LTZ variant comes with additional features such as automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and an outside temperature monitor incorporated in the console.
Platform & Chassis
Both engine options of the subcompact sedan send power entirely to the front wheels. It rides on a GM 4200 platform developed by General Motors exclusively for this type of Chevrolet vehicle. The 4-door sedan’s front suspension is a McPherson strut with a stabilizer bar, while the rear suspension is equipped with a non-independent torsion beam. The Chevrolet Sail’s stopping power comes from front disc brakes and rear drum brakes across all variants.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Sail has two engine options. The first is a 1.5-liter DOHC DVVT engine attached to a 4-speed automatic transmission. This engine type is used on the mid-range and the top of the line variants of the model. It produces 108 hp and 141 Nm of torque. The base variant comes in a 1.3-liter DOHC VVT engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. Its responsive automatic transmission comes with an auto-select manual mode which enables complete driver control.