General Motors South Africa has announced a styling and enhanced features package to refresh the popular Chevrolet Captiva SUV for the 2013 model year. The changes include an update to exterior styling, added convenience items and an extended list of factory fitted options.
Enhanced exterior styling
Chevrolet’s Captiva ushered in a new era in design for the Chevrolet brand when it was first launched onto the international market. This was a design from a fresh and youthful design team that drew on global inputs and design cues to define this mid-sized SUV for world markets. The result was a vehicle with well-proportioned features that imparted a bold but sophisticated look.
With seating for seven and comprehensive safety features including six airbags – driver and front passenger frontal and side protection plus curtain side protection. Add to this a comprehensive list of electronic driver aids including ABS, and Vehicle Stability Control and the Captiva presents itself as an ideal family transport solution.
Building on this proven formula Chevrolet has continued to update the Captiva with contemporary styling enhancements with the latest iteration available at Chevrolet dealers from the second week in June.
Styling tweaks across the Captiva range of 2.4 LT FWD (Front Wheel Drive) manual and automatic and the top of the range 2.2 LTZ AWD (All Wheel Drive) models include a fresh treatment for the front bumper, fog lamp surrounds and grille. At the rear the update includes a revised rear bumper, and exhaust outlets. Tail-lamps are now more attractive, reliable and longer life LED units.
All three Captiva variants now feature a “Touch-Pad” lift gate mechanism and passenger seat belt warning. Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning is standard on the 2.2 LTZ AWD model and available as a factory fitted option on the 2.4 LT manual and automatic models.
The 2.2 LTZ now has keyless entry and push button starting as part of the Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) feature. Also included in the specification of this top line model are illuminated door-sill covers that highlight the Captiva name. An important safety item included in the 2.2 LTZ features list is a tyre pressure warning indicator.
The final drive ratio on the Captiva 2.2 LTZ has been revised to provide improved performance from rest.
Factory fitted options
Factory fitted options available on the Captiva 2.4 LT manual and automatic include 18 inch alloy wheels with a new fresh design, an electronic sun-roof, and leather seats. Customers for these two models can also specify a “Luxury Package’ that adds dual-zone climate control air-conditioning and an on-board computer to the specification.
Powerful and economic diesel and petrol engines
The Chevrolet Captiva is powered by either a 2.4 litre Ecotec engine with variable valve timing that produces 123 kW and 230 Nm of torque, or a common rail direct injection 2.2 litre diesel engine that produces 135 kW with 400 Nm of torque. Both are latest generation engines from Chevrolet that offer exceptional economy in operation.
Tests conducted by Chevrolet engineers indicate combined cycle fuel economy of 8,8 l/100km for the front wheel drive 2.4 litre model and a miserly 8,0 l/100km for the 2.2 litre diesel all-wheel drive model.
The Captiva 2.4 LT with front wheel drive is available with a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic with electronic control. The Captiva 2.2 LTZ has a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with on-demand four wheel drive.