Chevrolet Captiva revealed ahead of world debut

The Chevrolet Captiva has been updated with a new front end, interior and engine options for the 2010, four years after it was first launched in the UK market.

Chevrolet has redesigned the grille and reshaped the bonnet to give the Captiva a more aggressive stance, something the GM-owned manufacturer has successfully installed in other new models such as the Spark and Aveo.

Underneath the cosmetic changes, Chevrolet has tweaked the chassis to improve the Captiva’s cornering ability and added Electronic Stability Control (ESC), traction control and a Braking Assist System (BAS) to further improve the driving dynamics of the SUV.

Hill Start Assist and an electric park brake are also included as standard on all specifications on the all-wheel drive Captiva.

Inside, Chevrolet continues to improve the quality of interior materials on its model range. The Captiva features new finishes and seat fabrics as well as blue back lighting.

Chevrolet has included an audio system, USB-port and Bluetooth in the entry-level models and tough-screen satellite navigation and rear parking camera can be added as options.

The roomy interior of the outgoing model has been retained, and there will be an option of adding a further two seats to the five-seat layout if needed.

Initially Chevrolet will offer three engine options; the new 2.2-litre common rail turbo-charged diesel units developing either 163 or 184hp, and a 2.4-litre petrol engine offering 171hp. The engines will be offered with both manual and automatic transmission.

The Chevrolet Captiva will go on sale in Spring 2011 in the UK and prices and specification details are expected to be released closer to the launch date.

In the meantime, the Captiva will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show alongside the all-new Chevrolet Orlando MPV, new Aveo supermini and the updated Cruze hatchback.