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Latest on Chevrolet Captiva: 17 March, 2015
As a pleasant surprise in the Indian SUV segment, General Motors has launched the updated version of the Chevrolet Captiva SUV. The carmaker has launched the vehicle in both 4x2 in manual and 4x4 trim in automatic option. The new Captiva has been launched at a price tag ranging between Rs. 25. 13 lakh and Rs. 27.
Chevrolet Captiva, a SUV has 2 versions available in India. Chevrolet Captiva has 2 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Chevrolet Captiva are Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Outlander and Honda CR V. Chevrolet Captiva comes in 5 colours, namely, Carbon Flash, Moulan Rouge, Pearl White, Smokey Eye Grey, Switchblade Silver.
First launched in 2008, the Chevrolet Captiva SUV has always been appreciated for its practicality and engine performance. Though, the SUV failed to perform well in the Indian market due to availability of newer and more affordable options. Aiming to boost its sales, GM introduced the updated version of the Captiva in 2013, followed by 2015 model year.
The 2015 Chevrolet Captiva received minor interior updates, while the exterior styling and engine mechanism remain unchanged. The new model looks similar to its predecessor. It features grille mesh, front and rear bumpers, 18-inches alloys, LED tail lamps and chromed exhaust tips, similar to the old model. However, the substantial changes have been made to the interior of the car. It gets a new instrument cluster with improved visibility and Cluster Ionizer that deodorize and purify cabin.
Under the hood, the new Captiva features the same 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine, mated with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions, which used to power the old model. This powertrain churns out a maximum power of 184bhp at 3800rpm and 424Nm of torque at 2000rpm. While the manual 2WD variant returns a fuel economy of 14.6kmpl, the automatic AWD version delivers 12.12kmpl.
The various fuel trims in Chevrolet Captiva are priced differently. The Diesel trims are priced between Rs. 26,37,772/- to Rs. 28,71,922/-.
Since no exterior updates have been made to the car, the new model looks exactly similar to its predecessor. Features like chrome surrounded ‘Chevrolet’ signature dual port grille, front and rear bumpers, silver painted front skid plates, satin silver roof rails, LED tail lamps cluster and chromed exhaust tips are carried forward from the old model.
Inside the cabin, the car gets a new instrument cluster with improved visibility and Cluster Ionizer that deodorize and purify cabin. Though, the interior design and equipment remain unchanged. Features on list are - dual zone climate system, keyless entry with push button start, ambient lighting package, heated rear seats and leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. With 5+2 flexi seating arrangement (in-floor folding third row seats), the SUV can accommodate seven adult passengers with ease. While the driver seat is eight-ways power adjustable, the second row seats have split double folding with recline function.
Engine and Transmission
Powering the new Captiva is the same 2.2-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel engine that was found in the old model. This powertrain is capable to develop a maximum power of 184bhp at 3800rpm and 424Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Power is transmitted via 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The manual 2WD variant delivers an impressive fuel economy of 14.6kmpl, while the automatic AWD version offers 12.12kmpl.
Performance and Handling
Deriving its power from a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine, the Captiva is one of the most fun- to-drive Chevrolet car models in India. This engine is as powerful and refined as it was before. The ride quality is balanced, but the heavy clutch and gearshift and clutch affect its drivability. The power surge eases overtaking. Though, the electric steering feedback isn’t satisfactory. The robust suspension and barking systems aid to its handling. Though, it drives same as the old one.
The braking capability of the Captive is quite impressive. It gets ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), TCS (traction control system), hill descent control system and ESP (Electronic stability program) along with the front and rear disc brakes.
The 2231 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 11 kmpl in city and 14 kmpl on highways
The new Captive ensures a safe drive with features such as ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), 6 airbags, active front headrests, TCS (traction control system), hill descent control system, ESP (electronic stability program), front door safety marker lamp, front and rear fog lamps, front seatbelt pre-tensioner and load limiter and driver seatbelt warning.
Besides offering a comfortable seating to its passenger, the Captiva is also one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in India. But almost no changes since its introduction and rising competition in the premium SUV segment, it looks a bit outdated compared to its rivals.
The new-gen Hyundai Santa Fe is the Captiva's closest competitor. Talking about design, the Santa Fe, being based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture, looks more contemporary and premium than the Captiva both from inside and out. In terms of interior, engine performance and drivability, the Santa Fe has an upper hand. Its 2199cc, four-cylinder diesel engine is more powerful and efficient than the Captiva’s 2.2-litre VCDi diesel engine. Though, the Chevrolet’s SUV has well-controlled NVH levels.
Note: Specifications for Captiva 2.2 LTZ AWD BS4 (Diesel) have been mentioned
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