• Sep 13, 2010
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General Motors has announced that it will be pulling back the sheets on a refreshed version of its high-riding Chevrolet Captiva at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The crossover will wear a new look for the first time since it was introduced in 2006, complete with the Bowtie's corporate grille and headlight design. Behind the fresh face are a total of four new engine options, including a direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 with 258 horsepower, two 2.0-liter turbo-diesel mills and a 171-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. All of those will be bolted to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

The 2011 Captiva will also feature a few other safety-oriented niceties, including hill-start assist, electronic stability control, traction control and braking assist, all as standard equipment.

GM says that it will be unveiling a total of four new or refreshed models at the Paris Motor Show, including the showcar version of the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The Paris Motor Show gets underway starting on October 2 and we'll be there to give you the fully skinny. Hit the jump for the full press release on the 2011 Chevrolet Captiva.



[Source: General Motors]

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New Captiva SUV features sporty design and all-new engine line-up
2010-09-13

* Fresh, sporty exterior look with bold Chevrolet face
* Enhanced interior with up-market look and feel
* Adaptable interior with five or seven seats and excellent storage space
* New, powerful and efficient engine line-up
* New manual and automatic six-speed transmissions
* Front- or all-wheel drive
* One of four Chevrolet world debuts at Paris Motor show

The new Captiva SUV will be seen for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, sporting a new front end design, a range of enhancements to the interior and new engines and transmissions. Captiva will be one of four Chevrolet world premieres.

Captiva is Chevrolet's full-blooded sports SUV with confident and dynamic new styling and active on-demand all-wheel drive system that distributes power as needed.

At the same time the new Captiva retains the advantages of its adaptable, theatre-style seating in three rows which comfortably accommodates up to seven passengers.

The Captiva has won many friends for its exterior design since its launch in 2006, and with the new model it just got even better. A number of features are immediately noticeable when viewing the new Captiva from the front, adding up to its athletic stance: the re-shaped and sharply sculptured hood, a new larger grille with its dual-opening and the Chevrolet 'bow-tie' sited proudly in the middle, and the prism style headlamps and integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors.

Moving round to the front fenders, the side air-vents now take on a more angular shape to emphasize the new Captiva's sporting intent, while from the A pillars back the Captiva retains its handsome profile, characterized by a sleek, rising shoulder line.

Setting the new Captiva's body off perfectly are the new exterior color palette and the accentuated wheel arches which will accommodate wheel sizes of 17 to 19 inches.

It's under the Captiva's new hood that many changes are also taking place, with no less than four new powerful engines that will come standard with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission for a powerful, smooth ride. The new engine line-up, which is comprised of two gasoline engines (2.4L and 3.0L) and two turbo-diesel variants (2.2L), incorporates a host of advanced technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy.

With the introduction of a new 3.0 liter 258 hp V6 gasoline engine with direct injection and variable valve timing, the Captiva will be one of the most powerful compact SUVs on the market, while the new 2.2 liter common rail turbo-charged diesel units will be available with either 163 or 184 hp outputs. Rounding off the new line-up is a 2.4 liter dual overhead cam gasoline unit with variable valve timing, rated at 171 hp. Both, the 2.2 liter turbo-diesels as well as the 2.4 liter gasoline engine can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

The new Captiva's chassis has been re-tuned to further enhance vehicle dynamics, improving cornering, roll characteristics and ride feel. With Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) standard, as well as front-, side- and curtain airbags, the Captiva provides a high level of safety.

Climb aboard the new Captiva and driver and passengers will still be welcomed by that airy and spacious interior, with storage space that is among best in class and with the option of either 5 or 7 seats.

The Captiva's upgraded interior now features an array of new finishes and textures including all-new seat fabrics and interior décor appointments to give the car a more up-market feel and look. Designers have put to good use some of the elements featured on other new Chevrolet models, such as the ice-blue back lighting and the 'wrap-round' design of the front fascia which flows into the front driver's and passenger doors creating the dual-cockpit look.

The new Captiva features Hill Start Assist, eliminating "roll-back" on hills and an electric park brake that opens up space for further storage in the center console, including two 1-liter cup holders.

The new Captiva's audio system includes Aux-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity. Passengers will enjoy their audio experience all the more thanks to improved acoustic engineering resulting in reduced road, wind and engine noise. Captiva can be ordered with a touch-screen navigation system with rear view camera for parking assistance.

Captiva offers a lot of SUV for its price: powerful, yet efficient engines, all-wheel drive capabilities, roominess and versatility for up to seven passengers. Its launch in Europe is scheduled for spring 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      While I realize that this is European-only, size-wise is this smaller or about the same size as the Equinox?

      I really think Chevy needs a smaller crossover than the Equinox... it has grown too large and can't compete directly with the likes of the CRV or RAV4 anymore in my opinion... some people simply do not like large vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "While I realize that this is European-only, size-wise is this smaller or about the same size as the Equinox?"

        The Captiva uses the same platform and mechanicals as the Opel Antara (aka Saturn Vue).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe this is about the same size as the nox, but it's a 7 seater (nox is 5)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe this is the Euro version of the Saturn Vue. So it would be the same size as the Equinox.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is this abomination?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad for a bargain CUV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did GM hire some design people over from Acura/Honda because they sure seem to have learned how to uglify a vehicle. First the Aveo and now this. Not a good trend
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm actually warming up to Chevrolet's new grill design. This update does make it look better...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ WalthamDan,

        I am sorry sorry you are being downranked.

        You comment is universally true.

        Too many Government Motors loyalists on here. GM would put a piece of dog $#!T on a plate, and all them loyalist will give you 100 reasons why it's better than all the rest.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Huh? It's fine. Nothing special, but not nearly as ugly as a Crosstour.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody spilled a can of Mitsubishi on the front of the car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM's new small euro suv Chevrolet Captiva. Captiva, latin for prisoner or captive... does anyone find it ironic that ford's small suv is called the Escape?
        • 4 Years Ago
        a) It's actually Korean. Captiva is the name for international markets (in Korea it's a Daewoo Winstorm).

        b) It isn't new.

        c) The Escape was called Maverick in Europe, but only sold for three years or so and was a major sales disappointment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "... two 2.0-liter turbo-diesel mills ..."

      Two 2,2l diesels - 163 and 184hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a decent facelift and will likely remain the cheapest seven-seater on the market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Minimitsubishi is what I thought after the first half of a second. No other thoughts followed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front end styling is not very good on this. Needs more of the 'nox/Traverse look than the jutting schnozz.
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