Chevrolet Captiva set for spring launch

The compact SUV has been given a ‘major makeover’ for 2011, including a new design on the outside, an upgrade inside and new engines to reduce efficiency and increase power.

The new Captiva features Chevrolet’s new front end, including new headlamps and a larger grille. Elsewhere, the Captiva boasts more muscular wheel arches and an upgraded interior with higher quality materials and upholstery.

A range of exterior colours and specification levels will also be available for the new Captiva SUV.

“Captiva owners have already enjoyed plenty of choice, with five or seven seats and all-wheel or front-wheel drive,” says Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe.

However, Chevrolet has now added four new engines to the line up, including a 2.4-litre petrol engine and a powerful 258bhp 3.0-litre V6. Diesel options will include two variations of the 2.2-litre turbo diesel unit.

Available with automatic and manual transmissions choices, the new Captiva SUV comes with driving aids such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) as standard.

Other gadgets include rear view parking camera, satellite navigation and an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.

Chevrolet says it invented the SUV 75 years ago with the Suburban, and the Captiva is the latest in a line of 4x4s from the US car maker.

Chevrolet says: "The new Captiva will continue the Chevrolet heritage of innovative and value for money SUVs, offering powerful and efficient engines, all-wheel drive capability, versatility for up to seven passengers and an interior quality that belies its price."

The new Chevrolet Captiva will go on sale in spring 2011, where it will join the new Orlando MPV, Aveo and Cruze hatchbacks in the new-look Chevrolet line up.