GM India launched the Chevrolet Sail sedan and Sail U-VA hatchback during the 2012-2013 time frame. The introduction of the duo was to make a dent in the sales of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Swift DZire and fetch volume sales for the American manufacturer.
However, both cars failed to live up in the segment and the sales never took off right from launch. With the arrival of new models following years, the sales of the both cars came down further.
GM India recently launched the Traiblazer SUV and announced many new models for India by 2020. The current slow sellers, the Sail and Sail U-VA, are likely to be axed as part of the plan and will be replaced by the Onix hatchback and Prisma sedan reports Gaadiwaadi.com.
The Onix and Prisma are currently sold in South American countries such as Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. The Brazil-spec Onix and Prisma vehicles are powered by a 1.0 and 1.4-litre petrol and ethanol engines.
The India-spec diesel engine is expected to be powered by a 1,199cc diesel engine producing 83bhp at 4,000rpm and 190Nm of torque at 1,750rpm mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There is also possibility of continuing with current Sail engine. The 1248cc diesel engine develops 74bhp and 190Nm of torque while the 1199cc petrol engine develops 83bhp and 108.5Nm. Both engines will be mated to five-speed manual transmission.