Daewoo's new Captiva
13th September, 2010
- Fresh exterior look with bold Chevrolet face
- Enhanced interior
- 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
Daewoo's new Captiva will be seen for the first time at the Paris Motor Show next month as the
Chevrolet Captiva, sporting a new front-end design, a range of enhancements to the interior and new
engines and transmissions.
Captiva is GM's global SUV with confident and dynamic new styling and an 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 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 will get 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
bonnet, a new larger grille and the Chevrolet 'bow-tie' sited proudly in the middle, prism style
headlamps and integrated LED turn signals on the external rearview mirrors.
Moving around to the front guards, the side air-vents now take on a more angular shape to
emphasise the new Captiva's sporting intent, while from the A-pillars back the Captiva retains its
handsome profile, characterised by a sleek, rising 'shoulder' line.
Setting the new Captiva's body off are the new exterior colour palette and the accentuated wheel
arches which will accommodate wheel sizes of 17 to 19 inches.
It's under the Captiva's bonnet that the most significant changes are taking place, with no less
than three new powerful engines that will come as standard with a new manual or automatic six-speed
transmission for a powerful, smooth drive. The new engine line-up, which is comprised of one petrol
engine (2.4L) and two turbo-diesel variants (2.2L), incorporates a host of advanced technologies
aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy.
The new 2.2 litre common rail turbo-charged diesel units will be available with either 163 or
184 hp outputs, while the 2.4-litre dual overhead cam petrol unit with variable valve timing, is
rated at 171 hp.
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 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 centre console, including two 1-litre cup
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 release is planned from