The success story of the Chevrolet Sail, the completely redesigned model

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The success story of the Chevrolet Sail, the completely redesigned model

The third generation of the Chevrolet Sail is now available at dealerships in Chile. It is a larger and completely redesigned model, with improvements in mechanics, equipment and safety, that will certainly continue to leave its mark in Chile.

You can read all the details of the new Sail in our release note at this link. But in summary, it is a model that grows in size, increases the volume of its trunk, improves its safety features, increases connectivity and equipment in all versions, and that refines the mechanics with the bag 6-speed manual gearbox, as well as a CVT automatic offer.

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

The new Sail is offered in Chile in 3 versions with the following list prices (with bonuses):

  • LT MT6: $11,590,000 ($9,790,000)
  • LTZ MT6: $12,390,000 ($10,590,000)
  • MTZ CVT: $13,390,000 ($11,590,000)

However, today we want to tell you a little about the success story that Sail has had in 13 years of sales in our country, with cumulative sales of more than 113 thousand units.

Sail I, successor to the Corsa

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

It was 2007 and the executives of General Motors Chile, knowing that the Brazilian-made Chevrolet Corsa sedan was nearing the end of its commercial life, began to look to China to find a replacement for this true icon of Chevrolet and the Chilean industry. Bad, 216 thousand units were sold in our country between 1992 and 2010.

The origins of the Chevrolet Sail go back a long time. This was the name given to the Buick Sail in 2001, which was basically the second generation Opel Corsa sold in China. Then in 2005, when Chevrolet officially debuted as an Asian Dragon brand, it took the bowtie insignia.

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Along with this action, a facelift was released for the model, the same one that arrived in Chile in the second half of 2007 with the name Corsa Plus, and which we can consider the first car of Chinese origin in Chile.

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

Then appeared all the Sails we know. The first generation for Chile (second overall) was unveiled at the Santiago Motor Show in October 2010 and went on sale in November of that year, with a unique design for a compact entry-level sedan.

The Sail I measures 4,249 mm in length, 1,690 mm in width and 1,500 mm in height, with 2,500 mm between the axles and a trunk capacity of 370 litres. It was initially offered in 1.4 MT, 1.4 MT LS and 1.4 MT LT versions, with prices between $5,290,000 and $5,990,000. Yes, those were different times for cars.

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

In all its versions, the Sail is equipped with a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which reaches a power of 102 HP and 131 Nm of torque, and is accompanied by a five-speed manual transmission. It includes central locking, a stereo with CD, MP3 and auxiliary input, front electric windows, electric mirrors, clock and tachometer, adding, depending on the version, electric rear windows, fog lights, air conditioning, double front airbags and ABS brakes.

In this generation, peak sales were achieved, with 14,666 units in 2012, 15,928 in 2013 and 13,436 units in 2014.

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Sail II, advancing equipment

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

The second generation Sail was presented to the media at the Port of Valparaíso in September 2015. The model was unloaded in a container and surprised by its good design.

Being more of an evolution than a new model, it maintains the external dimensions, but on an aesthetic level it adopts the new trends around the world, especially with the small grille front with famous bowtie. A significant change is the change of side mirrors above the A-pillar instead of the doors.

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

The Sail II was initially launched in 1.5 L, 1.5 LS and 1.5 LT versions, with prices between $7,990,000 and $8,990,000. All are equipped with a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with 109 HP and 141 Nm of torque, coupled with the same 5-speed manual transmission.

As for the equipment, it is offered standard double front airbag, central locking, electric windows on all four doors, electric mirrors, on-board computer, tachometer, ISOFIX anchors, CD sound system with MP3, USB, AUX and Bluetooth, steel wheels. 14″ with covers, etc. Depending on the version, it adds front fog lights, air conditioning with climate control, remote central locking, 4.2″ color screen, multifunction steering wheel, side airbags, ABS + EBD brakes, reverse sensor, sunroof and tires. 15″ alloy

The best commercial year of this generation was the first, with more than 12 thousand units sold in 2016. However, it continues to be the best-selling compact sedan in Chile every year except two: 2017 and 2023, in this case since it. stopped selling.in the middle of this year.

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The New Sail, everything is new

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

This new generation released today is still made in China, with a base that grows 19 cm in length (4.49 meters), 5 cm between the axles (2.55 m), and which expands its trunk by 100 liters capacity (475). liter).

The mechanical configuration of the McPherson suspension at the front and rigid axle at the back is maintained, but it adds brake discs to all four wheels, while the 1.5-liter engine we already know is adapted to comply with the Euro 6b emissions standard. , and for the same reason will lose power. Now it delivers 98 HP and 141 Nm of torque.

An important change is the addition of a six-speed gearbox, in addition to the automatic CVT offering, which has been active in the last years of the Sail II.

The Success Story Of The Chevrolet Sail, The Completely Redesigned Model

In terms of safety, in addition to brake discs, and the mandatory ABS and ESP, the Sail has 6 airbags as standard, as well as a tire pressure monitor, and from the second version, rear sensors with a camera.

In terms of connectivity, an 8-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity has also been added from the second version. And in terms of comfort, all Sails have air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, radio with 4 speakers and LED daytime running lights, and in the LTZ versions you can add a 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, etc.