The latest model gets a new-look front, writes Neil Dowling
AUSTRALIA’S most popular SUV is about to become even more family-friendly. GM Holden plans to wheel out a refurbished Captiva SUV to increasingly more discerning Australian families.
Expected here early next year, the five or seven-seat Captiva starred at this month’s Paris Motor Show as a Chevrolet (right).
The SUV, built by the South Korean Daewoo arm of GM, has been upgraded and has more power choices but aims to add more value for family buyers.
GM Holden in the year to the end of last month sold almost 11,000 Captivas to make it Australia’s most popular medium-sized SUV.
It is getting a bigger, two-slot grille under a muscled-up bonnet, new slim-line headlights and repeater indicators in the wing mirrors.
‘‘We’re not in a position to discuss powertrains or features for our local model at this stage,’’ GM Holden spokesman Jonathon Rose says.
‘‘But the styling does give a clue about what an updated Captiva for Australia may look like.’’
Global markets have the choice of two petrol engines (a 127kW 2.4-litre variable-valve four and a 192kW 3 - l i t r e V6) and two 2 . 2 - l i t r e turbodiesels rated at 121kW and 136kW. Transmissions are new sixspeed manual and six-speed automatic units.
The next Captiva has new cabin colours and finishes, a wrap-around instrument panel and ice-blue backlighting. For the first time, it gets an electric park brake that allows more room in the centre console for storage. Other cabin improvements are an audio system with iPod, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
European buyers are to have a touch-screen sat-nav option with rear view camera. This feature is expected on the Australian-bound models.
GM says the new Captiva also has more positive handling and reduced road, wind and engine noise.