CAPTIVAting: The original made for SA SUV now even better


Launched back in 2006, the Chevrolet Captiva was parent company’s General Motors’ first proper attempt at making a SUV that would find favour in the burgeoning local seven seat SUV market and also the first SUV with the bowtie badge since the very American and limited run Blazer of the late nineties.

Response to the Captiva was immediately positive and soon it became a very familiar site on our roads. Now seven year later, the Captiva has entered its second generation and also benefited from a mid-life facelift as well as some new toys and engines.

The biggest change is up front with a larger more pronounced grille with the bowtie emblem in the middle, deeper spoiler and brand new head-and LED taillights. Also new are the twin exhausts and a rear silver scuff plate. Whether fitted with the standard 17 inch or optional 18 and 19 inch alloy wheels, the Captiva has a much more macho and distinctive look than its rivals and predecessor.

Inside, interior quality has also improved further with good quality solid plastics on the facia and silver accents on the centre console. An interesting feature that I have never seen before, is a dual tray-like centre console which consists of two cupholders on the top but by pushing down a small toggle button, this try can be pushed back to reveal a deep storage area.

Standard spec on the three model range is comprehensive and includes, amongst a never ending list, a split rear tailgate, an eight speaker radio/CD/MP3 sound system with aux input and Bluetooth, satellite audio controls, climate control rear park assist, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, traction control, six airbags and a five star Euro NCAP crash rating.

Power wise, the Captiva consist of revised 2.4 L petrol and a brand new 2.2 L turbo diesel engine. The 2.4 mill provides 123 kW and 230 N·m of torque and comes only in front-wheel drive LT spec with the choice of either a six speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Developed in house by GM, the new 2.2 L diesel replaces the old 2.0 L unit and now makes 135 kW and 400 N·m of torque and is exclusively available with all-wheel drive in top tier LTZ trim and mated to a six speed automatic gearbox.

The first generation Chevrolet Captiva became a huge success story for GM, and with the launch of this new version, that story looks set to continue.

To book a test drive, call Williams Hunt Uitenhage on 041 922 7823