By Ronan Glon
Monday, Nov 19th, 2012 @ 4:02 am
 

Chevrolet has introduced a five-door subcompact called Sail U-VA in India. Aimed primarily at younger buyers, the car was developed jointly by General Motors and China-based SAIC Motor Corporation Limited.

Up front, the Sail U-VA is fitted with a Volt-inspired grille that puts it in line with Chevrolet's current design language. The back end of the car is tall and almost wagon-like in order to free up a maximum amount of cargo space.

To keep the base price as low as possible, the car's interior is basic and creature comforts that come standard are largely limited to electric windows, A/C, a USB port and a Bluetooth connectivity system. Most trim levels include dual front airbags but ABS brakes are optional.

The Sail U-VA is offered with two engines. The first is a 1.2-liter four-cylinder rated at 86 horsepower, and the second is a diesel-burning 1.3-liter that makes 78 ponies. Both engines are exclusively available with a five-speed manual transmission that spins the front wheels.

In China, the Sail U-VA will adopt the Spark EV's electric drivetrain and be sold under the moniker Springo.