Fact file: Chevrolet Captiva
The strong, dynamic, yet stylish SUV
- Segment: SUV
- In the model range since: 2006
- Units sold in Europe until June 30, 2010: 129,000
It is their outstanding versatility that makes SUVs like the Captiva so popular: a dynamic and strong leisure-time companion, a flexible and spacious family transporter and a comfortable travel car all rolled into one. And because diesel engines have become so popular in this segment, Chevrolet offers a 127 hp common-rail unit and a 150 hp diesel unit. The Captiva model line-up is extensive: It can be ordered with front or four-wheel drive and as a five or seven-seater.
Optically, the Captiva combines the ruggedness of an SUV with speedy side character lines. Typical SUV features like the accentuated wheel arches and side sills as well as the front and rear underride protectors round off the vehicle's good looks. It can be ordered with dark privacy glass for the rear side-windows on all trims.
The optional sports package for the Captiva includes 18 inch wheels painted in elegant satin silver, a color also applied to the front and rear underride protectors and roof rails. The tail lights are covered in smoked glass while the projection type headlamps come in black chrome. Inside, red leather dominates the seat surfaces and door panels, while the steering wheel, gear shift knob and the seats' side bolsters are finished in charcoal leather with red stitching. The sport pack is now also available with black leather interior.
The optional four-wheel drive of the Chevrolet Captiva brings the rear wheels into play for optimum traction in a flash when needed. Front-to-rear torque distribution can be varied continuously and automatically up to a ratio of 50:50.
The chassis features a McPherson suspension at the front and a four-link suspension at the rear. All four wheels are fitted with internally ventilated disk brakes and a modern ABS system. An improved ESC system comes as standard on all AWD and seven-seater versions, acting as an electronic guardian angel to ensure that the Captiva always goes where the driver wants it to go. The passenger airbag can now be deactivated; active headrests are available with model year 2010 for the front seats. A navigation system with rear-view camera (which provides parking assistance functionality) is available as an option.
Status: September 2010