– Sets new family car benchmark for styling, roominess and fuel efficiency.
CHENGDU, China —— Shanghai GM recently launched the Chevrolet Sail 3 in Chengdu. Five variants of the new family car with a choice of new 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines are available.
The Sail 3 is priced from RMB 59,900,- for the 1.3 LS MT to RMB 73,900,- for the 1.5 LTS MT. All variants are entitled to an energy-saving subsidy of RMB 3,000 as a result of the sedan being listed in the National Energy-Saving and Eco-Friendly Vehicle Catalogue.
“The Sail 3 is built on Shanghai GM’s new-generation small car architecture,” said Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing. “It is bigger, roomier, more stylish and more fuel efficient than its predecessor, taking the Sail nameplate to a new level. It will address the needs of Chinese families for a high-quality car that matches their happy and dynamic lifestyles.”
Stylish and Roomy
The Sail 3 features Chevrolet’s new design inside and out. It has a sculpted, slender exterior. Its well-styled front end includes a dual-port grille that is wider and sportier. The grille is inlaid with chrome trim. The Sail 3 presents an appealing profile, creating a more upscale appearance. This significantly enhances the car’s understated yet bold looks, and accentuates the model’s confidence-inspiring demeanour.
With its optimal design philosophy, the Sail 3 has the most spacious interior in its class. It is 51 mm longer and 45 mm wider than its predecessor, while its wheelbase has been extended 35 mm. The result is 6 mm more shoulder room in front, 8 per cent more headroom and 25 per cent more knee room. Sixteen user-friendly storage compartments and a trunk with 366 litres of space will fully meet the daily needs of users.
The interior is defined by its fine craftsmanship. The Sail 3 integrates Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit design. It is available in two vivid colour tones that add to the sense of spaciousness. The Sail 3’s innovative features include a radar-sweep instrument cluster, 3-D weaved speaker covers, sculpted seats and a dual-mode sunroof. It also boasts abundant high-tech entertainment features, including a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a 4.2-inch colour display, smartphone display mirroring, natural voice recognition and Bluetooth streaming audio.
Dynamic and Fuel Efficient
The Sail 3 presents a new powertrain lineup that boosts power by 10-20 per cent compared to the earlier model. It features a choice of 1.3L VVT or 1.5L DVVT engines, and a five-speed manual transmission.
The 1.3L VVT engine offers maximum power of 76 kW and peak torque of 127 Nm. The engine achieves best-in-class fuel economy of 5.3 litres per 100 km.
The 1.5L DVVT engine generates maximum power of 83 kW and peak torque of 141 Nm. It consumes up to 8 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, and offers fuel economy of 5.4 litres per 100 km.
The Sail 3 is the first model in its class that comes standard with the start-stop system, which reduces fuel consumption by 3-5 per cent in heavy traffic. Another segment-exclusive feature is the EPS system, which reduces overall fuel consumption by an additional 3 per cent while ensuring stable cornering at high speeds and flexible steering at low speeds.
Safe and Durable
Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre (PATAC) engineers developed the Sail 3. Utilising GM’s global standards and processes, the two GM joint ventures earned 59 patents for technologies in the model’s chassis, powertrain, exterior, interior, electronics and assembly.
The Sail 3 is a segment leader in safety. Safety cage construction protects occupants in the event of a collision. Up to 5.7 per cent of the vehicle’s body consists of PHS hot-rolled steel, which has a tensile strength of at least 1,300 MPa. The Sail 3 also comes standard with anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and cornering brake control (CBC). Selected variants are equipped with four air bags.
Shanghai GM’s first use of a flexible tooling transmission system in small car manufacturing enhances the Sail 3’s production efficiency and overall craftsmanship. In addition, each Sail 3 is put through 107 high-standard painting processes and five anti-corrosion processes for exterior coating, and receives nine layers of anti-corrosion coating.
The Sail 3 complies with G0 global vehicle durability test standards for emerging markets. About 48,000 km of architecture tests, 350,000 km of powertrain tests, 640,000 km of exhaust tests and 2.8 million km of simulated road tests were carried out. Sail 3 buyers receive a three-year/100,000-km warranty.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China.
[Source : General Motors]