Chevrolet reveals refreshed Captiva

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Sep 14, 2010
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After releasing teasers of the Orlando multi-purpose vehicle, the Cruze compact hatchback, and the Aveo subcompact, Chevrolet has finally revealed the fourth production vehicle the American carmaker will debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Set to be released next year, the Captiva crossover sport utility vehicle receives a facelift starting with the larger, dual-port grille that mimics the rest of Chevrolet’s latest model line-up. Also new are the reshaped bonnet, prism-style headlamps, and the integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors. Even the side air-vents have been restyled as its new angular shape helps to emphasize the Captiva’s sporting intent.

The Captiva’s interior has also been upgraded with all-new seat fabrics and interior appointments to give the vehicle a more up-market feel and look. Design elements from other Chevrolet models have also made their way to the upgraded Captiva, like the ice-blue back lighting and the dual-cockpit look of the cabin.

The refreshed Captiva has a Hill Start Assist feature that prevents the vehicle from rolling back on steep hills as well as an electronic parking brake which frees up more space in the center console to accommodate two one-liter cup holders.

The biggest change to the Captiva, however, is under the bonnet as a new petrol engine and two new diesel powerplants are being offered that have been designed to deliver an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. The 2.4-liter petrol unit comes with variable valve timing and produces 171hp while the two 2.2-liter common rail turbocharged diesel mills produce either 163 or 184hp. Paired to the engine are a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission that delivers a powerful yet smooth drive.

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Despite these changes, the refreshed Captiva still retains its three-row, theater-style seating which allows the crossover to comfortably seat up to seven passengers.

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