Unless you're renting a car or driving through Orlando, Florida (the rental car capital of the US), you'll probably never see a Chevrolet Captiva – the rebadged, fleet-only version of the old Saturn Vue – on our roads, but this crossover has been updated elsewhere and remains popular in many other parts of the world. As such, Chevrolet announced that the Captiva will be getting an update for 2013, which will be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show.

Coming off a pretty extensive refresh in 2011, the 2013 model year will bring even more changes to the Captiva like LED taillights, new 18-inch wheels and revised fascias with a new grille and fog lights up front and inset chrome exhaust outlets at the rear. New interior features include heated rear seats, dual-zone climate control as well as available options on some of the upper trim levels such as leather seating and keyless entry and start. We have yet to hear back from Chevrolet as to whether or not the updated Captiva will be making its way to a rental lot near you, as the model is only available in the US to fleet buyers in five-seat form (the seven seat model, shown above, is also sold elsewhere, but both ride atop the same basic Theta architecture).

Alongside the updated Captiva, Chevy is also showing off its new Trax in Europe, where the subcompact crossover will go on sale this spring. GM's press release for these two Geneva-bound models is posted below.

UPDATE: Text above clarified with regards to five- and seven-seat models.

UPDATE: GM has gotten back to us confirming that our fleet-only Captiva Sport will "remain pretty much unchanged for the next model year."
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Redesigned Chevrolet Captiva SUV to debut in Geneva

-Captiva boasts carefully re-designed rear and front
-Keyless start and entry among Captiva's new comfort features
-Trax sales to start in spring


Being widely acknowledged as the creator of the entire SUV segment with the Suburban in 1935, Chevrolet has more than 75 years of experience in designing great sport utility vehicles. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the brand will present the restyled edition of its Captiva compact SUV in Europe for the first time.

The new Captiva introduces several changes to the rear and front of the vehicle, including new LED tail lamps, angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodeled bumper. Up front, it sports a lower bumper, a new grill mesh as well as restyled foglamps. New 18-inch alloy wheels further enhance Captiva's road presence.

The Captiva will now feature keyless entry and start as standard on upper trims. Inside, the vehicle will boast fresh seat colors, new fabrics (upper specifications: leather seats), and restyled trims in the instrument panel. A dual-zone climate system, an ambient lighting package and heated rear seats provide even more comfort on select specifications.

Offering up to seven seats, along with additional convenience features, the restyled Captiva is a typical SUV for the family. Chevrolet will up the ante even more by launching Trax this spring, its contender for the popular and fast-growing small SUV segment. Trax will be available in front and all-wheel-drive configurations.

"With Captiva and Trax, Chevrolet will offer two very distinct SUVs in Europe, both featuring Chevrolet's iconic design," says Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. "Trax combines the agility of a small car and the versatility of an SUV, making it perfect for today's urban explorer. The larger and more powerful Captiva has a more upscale presence. Captiva is the ideal companion for those who want to have some adventure, but feel that they could do with more space, capability and that extra bit of convenience," Docherty added.

Trax sales to start in spring

Trax is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in Europe as of spring this year. Chevrolet's new small SUV features an athletic, inspired styling, a choice of three fuel-efficient engines and sporty, responsive ride characteristics. The engine line-up will comprise a 140 hp (103 kW) 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine as well as a 1.7L diesel engine which produces 130 hp (96 kW). All manual transmission variants come with Start/Stop technology. Trax is offered in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.

Upper trims will feature Chevrolet MyLink technology as standard, a system that aggregates content from compatible smartphones onto the seven-inch high-resolution full-color touchscreen display. Chevrolet MyLink will also enable users to navigate by means of a dedicated smartphone app called BringGo and will allow them to access TuneIn internet radio.

MyLink users who own a compatible iPhone* (as of 4S) running iOS6 will be able to use the Siri assist system, to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

Technical data preliminary

* Siri requires internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.


About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is General Motors' largest global brand with annual sales of almost five million vehicles in more than 140 countries. It is the fourth biggest global car brand in terms of sales and also one of the fastest growing brands in the world. Chevrolet cars combine bold design, performance, innovation and practicality. They provide outstanding value for money. Established in the U.S. by Swiss émigré Louis Chevrolet in 1911, the brand celebrated its centenary in 2011. The brand was re-launched in Europe in 2005. It is represented with a total of 2,500 sales and service outlets in Western and Central Europe. The European Chevrolet line-up includes the Spark city car, the small Aveo sedan and hatchback, the compact Cruze sedan, hatchback and station wagon, the Orlando family van, the Captiva SUV, the Malibu mid-size sedan, the legendary Camaro and Corvette sports cars and the extended-range Volt electric car. In 2013, Chevrolet is launching the all-new Trax small SUV and the all-new Corvette Stingray.


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      Rental Rep
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can buy one if you purchase them directly from the rental company (used of course). The first batch were buy backs which meant GM bought them back and shipped them back to south America. Now they allow us to sell them to the public. Last I heard we will continue to order them. Source: I buy cars for one of the major rental company's
      Cano
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Captiva will come to US sooner or later, is already in Puerto Rico which is a territory of USA
      mostchillininsc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I received a Captiva LTZ with 5 miles on it from Hertz at BWI last week and had never heard of the thing... I was actually pleasantly surprised by it. I had a number of people on the BW Parkway and in DC trying to figure it out...
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, this one won't be sold as a rental here. The circumstances which led the last one being offered here were rather unique. Retail demand for the then-new Equinox/Terrain was absorbing all the production capacity GM had for those models. They had commitments to the rental car companies, however, to deliver a certain volume of compact crossovers. Conveniently the Toluca Mexico plant where the Saturn had been built had capacity AND the Saturn design was already crash tested and DOT certified. Didn't hurt that the design was still relatively fresh. Its unlikely GM would go through the expense of DOT certifying this model just for fleet sales. Last time it just happened to have already been done.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gary
        Thanks- I've wondered why they did that in the first place. Now I know.
      Art
      • 1 Year Ago
      The local Chevy dealer has gotten ahold of a truckload of these and is selling them used. Seen a few around town.
      dreamerssoul441
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 2012 Captiva (rental fleet vehicles) are now at dealerships in Western New York. Since I have owned 2 Saturn Vues and have high mileage on my 2004, I decided to buy one. It is a terrific vehicle and had low mileage. They definitely should be sold in the U.S.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see Captivas every once in a while, and I imagine we'll see more of them as they are retired from the rental fleets and get sold off of rental agencies' used car lots, or wholesaled to we-tote-the-note lots.
      kevinxb
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see more Captivas than Vue\'s around the Baltimore/DC area
      Autothoughts
      • 1 Year Ago
      We get the Trax in Canada, it is similar to the Buick Encore, but IMO looks better and priced right for the size of the vehicle.
      jjmoonen
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am squarely in the "Who Cares" group on this one.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        clevermailname
        • 1 Year Ago
        They don't build them just for rental companies. It's a model that's on sale in Mexico and other countries, and had already been federalized for sale here when it was in Saturn showrooms. By offering it to rental companies, they can keep the factory running at or near capacity, while keeping the similar Equinox off rental lots, which increases that model's resale value for retail buyers.
        krusshall
        • 1 Year Ago
        No you have not seen this on rental lots. You have seen the Captiva Sport which used to be the Saturn Vue. So rental companies need cars to rent. Manufacturers should just ignore this market because of the dreaded internet stigma associated with rental cars?
        GN
        • 1 Year Ago
        Exactly my words.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Plus Fleet managers are not fools. They buy vehicles not only based on price, put operations cost. It may cost them more to buy a Captiva up front, but they save money when operating the vehicle.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
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