Newrange offersmorepower, uses less fuel
Holden led a drive to improve the quality of the South Korean-made Captiva
Most of the Captiva’s new technology can be found under the bonnet, writes James Stanford
HOLDEN has sharpened its price pencil by $2000 on the seven-seat Captiva 7, which now starts at $ 32,490 for the 2.4-litre fourcylinder petrol model. The price of the five-seat Captiva 5 remains at $27,990 for the 2.4-litre.
The Captiva 7 range starts off with the SX front-drive model at $32,990 for the 2.4 and $35,990 for the 2.2-litre diesel.
Next up is the CX all-wheel drive seven-seater at $38,490 for the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and $39,490 for the 2.2-litre diesel.
Rounding off the seven-seater range is the allwheel drive LX at $42,490 for the V6 and $43,490 for the diesel.
All Captiva 7s have an automatic transmission as standard.
The Captiva 5 front-drive fitted with the 2.4-litre petrol is $27,990, while an automatic option costs another $2000. An all-wheel drive Captiva 5 with the 2.2-litre diesel is $33,990
All models comes standard with a full suite of safety gear, including electronic stability control, anti-skid brakes and six airbags including side curtain airbags.
Standard gear across all Captiva models includes 17 inch alloy wheels, airconditioning, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, with the level of equipment rising as you move up the model tree.
THE biggest technology story with the new Captiva can be found under the bonnet.
There are three substantially revised engines that offer more power and use less fuel.
The entry level engine is a 2.4-four-cylinder petrol running direct injection and variable valve timing that is made in New York State. This produces a 123kW and 230Nm and uses an average of 9.1 litres per 100km.
Next up is a 3.0-litre V6 with direct injection and variable valve timing that is produced in Melbourne and serves in some Commodore models. It replaces the old 3.2-litre unit and has a healthy 190kW but just 288Nm of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 11.3 L/100km.
The Captiva runs a substantially improved VM Motori-licensed 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel that is made in South Korea. This is a common rail direct injection unit fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger for improved driveability. It uses a respectable 8.1L/100km of fuel.
Only the base petrol engine, in the Captiva 5, is available with a six-speed manual transmission.
All other engines are bolted to newGMdeveloped six-speed automatic.
MOST of the work for Captiva II has gone on under the bonnet or inside the cabin.
There are some new bumpers and headlights, but the new design is not radically different. Holden steered clear of introducing the brash Chevrolet front end used overseas, opting for a more subtle design.
The Captiva 7 and Captiva 5 have different bodies and the 7 has rectangular headlights and flatter nose than the 5 which features more rounded lights.
There have been some changes to the interior, with new surfaces and the deletion of the regular handbrake which is replaced by an electronic handbrake switch.
HOLDEN led a drive to improve the quality of the South Korean-made Captiva, which arrived in 2006.
This model is better, significantly better. Some of the plastics feel a bit cheap and things like the