Why go Chevrolet Sail-ing?
Updated on September 25 2023
When choosing a subcompact sedan, most people would tend to gravitate towards the usual suspects. We’re referring to the default Toyota Vios or the equally popular Honda City. But did you know that Chevrolet has its own offering, the Sail?
First seen in the local market in 2015, the Chevrolet Sail is the Bowtie brand’s answer to the Toyota and Honda sedans. Just like the Vios, the Sail first came with either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This was mated to either a 5-speed MT or 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Apart from this, the package itself is your typical four-door sedan. What this essentially translates to is a practical size and shape that’s ideal for a daily driver in the city, with trunk space that’s par for the course.
Beyond the obvious, however, Chevrolet’s offering does have a few bits that make it different from the crowd. These include:
- A large touchscreen: Chevrolet Philippines (The Covenant Car Company Inc.) is proud of its larger-than-normal infotainment touchscreen. Tech-crazy buyers will be dazzled that they have more real estate to play around with easy navigation through their favorite apps while on the move (not that we encourage this while driving, of course).
- A sunroof: While this feature isn’t exactly a necessity in the Philippines, it’s nice to know that you can easily open up the cabin to more light and a breeze if conditions permit. Plus, the Sail is the only one in its class to offer this.
- Different orientation: The Chevrolet subcompact may have originated from the SAIC Motors factory in China. Yet it does offer a rather different placement of its window switches. While most Japanese sedans place the master switches on the driver’s door, the Sail’s power window master switches can be found on the center console, surrounding the gear lever. Taking its cue from some older European cars, it gives the front passenger access to the switches as well.
- The Bowtie brand: Anyone who knows their cars is aware of how prestigious the Chevrolet brand is, especially in its US home market. It has been known to produce some of the world’s well loved vehicles, including the likes of the Suburban, which is the ride of choice of the US Secret Service. Then there is Cadillac, the upscale brand of parent company General Motors, which is what the US president uses as his official vehicle.
And the Chevy Sail’s biggest draw is that it's different from the rest. There are those of us who want to stand out from the rest of the world. If you're one of these individuals, then the Chevrolet Sail might just be worth looking at for your next ride.
Do you want to be different and get a Chevrolet Sail?