Last April, during the Manila International Auto Show, Chevrolet Philippines teased us with its entry to the subcompact sedan segment, the Sail. The manufacturer even let us borrow a preproduction unit for our June 2016 cover.
With more than 230,000 units of its predecessors sold in other markets around the world, the third-generation Sail is officially here in our country. The subcompact sedan is available in three variants. The 1.5L AT LTZ and the 1.5L AT LT are equipped with a 1.5-liter DOHC D-VVT engine rated at 107hp and 141Nm. The third variant, the 1.3L MT LT, is equipped with a 1.3-liter DOHC VVT that can put out 98hp and 127Nm.
You will recall that Chevrolet announced the following prices for the Sail at MIAS: P688,888 for the 1.3L L 5MT; P768,888 for the 1.5L LT 4AT; and P818,888 for the 1.5L LTZ 4AT. But now, Chevrolet has adjusted the pricing to the following:
* Sail 1.3L L 5MT - P713,888
* Sail 1.5L LT 4AT - P768,888
* Sail 1.5L LTZ 4AT - P858,888
It should be noted that you can still take home the 1.3L L 5MT for just P688,888 if you pay in cash.
The exterior of the new Sail features sporty swept-back headlights, a sculpted hood, and fog lamps. The top-of-the-line variant comes with 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels and distinctive taillights.
The subcompact sedan also features a sunroof--the first model in its segment to offer such feature. Customers will also have seven colors to choose from: Summit White, Black Meet Kettle, Bright White Solid, Peppy Orange (metallic), Galaxy Silver (metallic), Synacuse and Blue Sky.
Standard inside the top-of-the-line 1.5 LTZ is an impressive nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The system has phone-mirroring, natural voice recognition, and Bluetooth streaming audio. It also comes with built-in apps like Waze, Spotify and Google Play Store. During our cover shoot, we couldn’t get enough of saying, "Okay, Google." We even fired up YouTube and watched videos during the gridlock on the way back to the office.
The Sail also has 16 storage compartments, a USB port, power outlet and a trunk that can easily swallow 366L of stuff.
For the standard safety features, the Sail offers ABS, EBD, and driver and passenger airbags. The Sail’s body also consists of up to 5.7% of PHS hot-rolled steel for a stronger and more durable ride on unforgiving roads.
With the Sail undergoing 107 high-standard painting processes and five anti-corrosion processes for the exterior coating, the car receives nine more layers of anti-corrosion coating. That ensures that the car will remain polished through years of road use. And let’s not forget our country’s extreme and unpredictable weather abuse.
The pricing for the Chevrolet Sail is competitive, and its toys and tech are more than satisfactory. The competition in the subcompact segment should watch out.