A few weeks ago, we reported about what looks to be a camouflaged 2016 Chevrolet Sonic doing road tests in Calamba, Laguna. Now, it appears it is not the next-generation Sonic after an AutoIndustriya.com forum member sent us new photos of the same camouflaged sedan.
Sent by 'SLK200', the new photos depict what appears to be a second generation Chevrolet Sail 3, a B-segment sedan produced by Shanghai General Motors. It was supposedly spotted plying along Congressional Avenue Extension in Quezon City.
First sold under Buick in 2000, it was later introduced as a Chevrolet model in 2011. In terms of design, it shares similar styling with the 2016 Sonic though the former has a more conservative look. Both cars get the dual port grill design, with the Sonic sporting the more recent update.
It is at the rear where the two cars differ; specifically with the taillights, rear bumper, trunk design and rear windscreen.
Size-wise, the Sail3 measures 4,300mm long, 1,735mm wide, 1,504mm tall and has a 2,500mm wheelbase. With it, the Sail3 is slightly shorter than the Sonic Notchback which comes in at 4,399mm long, 1,735mm wide, 1,503mm tall and 2,525mm wheelbase. If it were to be launched, it will be directly competing against the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Honda City, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda2, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Nissan Almera, Suzuki Ciaz, and Toyota Vios in the ultra-competitive B-segment.
In China, the Sail 3 is available with two engines, a 1.3-liter VVT inline-four that puts out 103 PS, and a 1.5-liter DVVT inline-four which produces 113 PS. Either of the two can be mated to a 5-speed manual or automated-manual transmission (AMT).
Is Chevrolet Philippines joining the A-segment sedan market with the Sail 3?