We showed you Chevrolet's major debut yesterday, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible, but General Motors is making a big push for Bowtie consideration in Europe, so it's also introducing the updated Captiva crossover here at the Geneva Motor Show.

While still based on the same platform as North America's fleet-only Captiva Sport (which is effectively a rebadged Saturn Vue), the Captiva is available in both five- and seven-seat iterations, and it looks far more modern. That's particularly the case with this updated model, which features revamped front- and rear ends that include restyled bumpers, grilles and LED taillamps, among other changes.

As before, the midsize Theta-platform CUV will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive, and is expected to carry a range of four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Important US programming note: Chevrolet sources tell us that America's Captiva Sport will not receive these updates.
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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. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevroleteurope.com or media.chevroleteurope.com.


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      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see plenty of these around here. Perhaps almost as many as the Cruze (all of them, the sedan, the hatch and the wagon) All of them with the 2.2 diesel (163 and 184 hp) and M6. Good value for money.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why they do not just give this SUV the Equinox interior is beyond me.
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      Kimura
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks quite good.
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        EChid
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow, comment #3 on the matter. You must be Dacia's #1 fan club.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        Copy, Paste, Reply, Copy, Paste, Reply....
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        Man, you are on a role. Arm chairing the business.
        MrWhopee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Dacia Dusters (Branded as Renault) is coming to Indonesia. We'll see how successful it is. It depends on how they're priced and specced, of course. If it's lacking vital desirable options, such as auto transmission, or priced way too high, it will fail. Renault has come and go several times here already, always run back to their home country with tails between their legs.
      automan
      • 1 Year Ago
      look at the steering wheel..why has gm been using this same old design on all of their cars??
      MrWhopee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool! Much better than the old one, whose design is already a bit stale. I hope these appeared in my side of the shores soon (Indonesia). The Captiva, BTW, is Chevrolet's sales champ in Indonesia. The diesel version is especially popular, with 6spd auto, because none of its competition had a diesel and 6-spd auto. And it has 3rd row seats too, always popular with the locals.
        • 1 Year Ago
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      Ron McCord
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is one of the last suvs I would ever buy. Screams family car and soccer mom. We have the Chevy Captiva model in Colombia and never would consider this bland vehicle
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a first-gen Equinox. Another great job, Dan "Captain Queeg" Akerson.
      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      That front is WAY too chunky when you look at the profile of the car. It's a mish mosh. And that interior screams the "new" GM of, like, 2006. Which makes sense given the age of the platform. But the inside looks like an older Malibu. Meh.
        kingrat001
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BB79826
        Compared to a lot of the vehicles featured over the last couple of days, it's a total home run. Blah? Sure, but at least it's not eye-searingly ugly or bizarre for bizarre's sake.
      Ben Doolittle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Refresh? More like defresh, looks more dated than what it replaces...
      deere2011
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm just going to throw this out there, when I was in China a year ago January, this was on a giant billboard in Shanghai's airport and was called the Captiva. I couldn't help but think "Man, I want to see that in America". I think they just moved their Chinese market Captiva to Europe for this situation. However, I could be wrong...
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @deere2011
        Dude, it was here 4 years ago as the Saturn VUE
          DK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jerry
          No it wasn't, that is the Captiva Sport, the Captiva is completely different. We still get the Saturn Vue/Captiva Sport as a Chevy for fleet sales. Reading comprehension people!!
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jerry
          "Dude, it was here 4 years ago as the Saturn VUE" That was the Antara. The Captiva uses the same platform, but has seven seats, a different bodyshell and engines. And it's been updated more extensively.
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