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Chevrolet Captiva

Chevrolet Captiva (United States of America, 2006-present)

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The first generation Captiva is based on the GM Theta platform, and was inspired by the Chevrolet S3X concept car of 2004.

Known internationally as Captiva, the model has been badged in South Korea as Daewoo Winstorm up until 2011 and in Australasia models are badged Holden Captiva.

In 2011 the model received a facelift. Changes included a new front fascia, a new suspension and four new powertrains.



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2011 facelift

The updated 2011 Captiva SUV was presented at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, sporting a new front end design, a range of enhancements to the interior and new engines and transmissions.

 

Exterior Updates

The new Captiva front shows a re-shaped and sharply sculptured hood, a new larger grille with dual-opening and the Chevrolet badge and prism style headlamps and integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors.

Moving round to the front fenders, the side air-vents now take on a more angular shape, while from the A pillars back the Captiva retains its profile.

A new exterior color palette is also available and the accentuated wheel arches accommodate wheel sizes of 17 to 19 inches.

 

Interior Updates

The Captiva's upgraded interior includes all-new seat fabrics and interior décor appointments. Designers have also added ice-blue back-lighting and a 'wrap-round' design of the front fascia which flows into the front driver's and passenger doors creating a dual-cockpit look.

 

Engine and transmission updates

No less than four new engines become available with the 2011 model and are standard with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission. The new engine line-up is comprised of two gasoline engines (2.4L and 3.0L) and two turbo-diesel variants (2.2L).

A new 3.0 liter 258 hp V6 gasoline engine with direct injection and variable valve timing and two new 2.2 liter common rail turbo-charged diesel units are available with either 163 or 184 hp outputs. Rounding off the new line-up is a 2.4 liter dual overhead cam gasoline unit with variable valve timing, rated at 171 hp. Both, the 2.2 liter turbo-diesels as well as the 2.4 liter gasoline engine can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

 

Chassis updates

The 2011 Captiva's chassis was re-tuned to further enhance vehicle dynamics, improving cornering, roll characteristics and ride feel. The SUV is available with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) standard, as well as front-, side- and curtain airbags.

 

Assistance and Infotainment Systems

The 2011 Captiva features Hill Start Assist, eliminating "roll-back" on hills and an electric park brake that opens up space for further storage in the center console, including two 1-liter cup holders.

The audio system includes Aux-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity. Improved acoustic engineering reduced road, wind and engine noise.

The 2011 Captiva can be ordered with a touch-screen navigation system with rear view camera for parking assistance.



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2013 facelift

Chevrolet refreshed the Captiva at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 with a new front and rear end and updated convenience features.

Updates to the Captiva include new LED taillights, chrome exhaust tips and a new rear bumper. The front gets a new lower bumper, mesh grill, restyled fog lights and 18in wheels.

The interior will get keyless entry and keyless start standard on higher trims, new interior colors, new seat fabrics, new trim on the instrument panel, dual-zone climate control, optional ambient lighting and heated rear seats.



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