Chevrolet Captiva's new turn of face

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 27, 2016

While reports in Australia have speculated that the recently launched Buick Envision preview the second generation Chevrolet Captiva, General Motors South Africa has afforded its long serving seven-seat crossover with a series of updates for 2016, which is widely expected to be its last.

Unveiled Down Under at the end of December, the facelifted Captiva boasts a revised version of its predecessor’s dual-port grille, which sees the Chevrolet bowtie moving from the middle to above the centre bar, new LED daytime-running lights, new body cladding and standard 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the interior gains upgraded materials as well as a new seven-inch touchscreen display incorporating Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system.

Again consisting of three models, the Captiva remains unchanged under the bonnet, with the base LT making use of a 2.4-litre petrol engine that makes 123 kW and 230 N.m of torque. Transmission options consist of a six-speed or similar ratio automatic with drive going to the front wheels.

Top speed is rated at 190 km/h for the manual and 181 km/h for the auto, with the former reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 10.5 secs, and the latter 0.5 secs later. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.8 L/100 km and 9.5 L/100 km respectively, with emissions at 210 g/km and 225 g/km.

Completing the range, the flagship LTZ makes use of a 2.2-litre turbodiesel that produces 135 kW and 400 N.m. Unlike the petrol, only the self-shifter can be had with Chevrolet claiming a top speed of 192 km/h and 0-100 km/h sprint of 9.8 secs. Combined consumption is a claimed 7.8 L/100 km and emissions at 208 g/km.

Standard spec on all models include a eight-speaker audio system with USB, Aux and Bluetooth, cruise control, heated and electrically folding mirrors, dual-zone climate control, electric windows all around, keyless entry / go, electric driver’s seats, rear parking sensors, six airbags, ABS with EBD and ESC, traction control, Hill Decent Control and Hill Start Assist.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 60 000 km service plan is standard across the range.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
2.4 LT 123 kW / 230 N.m R396 600
2.4 LT AT 123 kW / 230 N.m R415 500
2.2D LTZ AT 135 kW / 400 N.m R431 300