Recently, General Motors India has officially launched their much awaited new generation Chevrolet Captiva SUV in India. Actually this car was expected to be launched in April 2012 in India, but the launch got delayed leading to some unknown reasons. The sports utility vehicle has now been updated with more luxury, more power and smooth looks. The new 2012 Chevrolet Captiva SUV was unveiled earlier, at the 2012 Auto Expo held in the beginning of the year. In the last few months, this facelift version of the crossover was caught several times; however there were no details available from General Motors about the launch date. The Captiva facelift is now coming with a new engine option. The starting ex-showroom price of the SUV is Rs. 18.74 lakh for Delhi.
The new Captiva will be available with 2 engine options. While the company has maintained the earlier 2.0 litre VCDi I-4 diesel engine, this Chevy will also feature a new 2.2 litre diesel mill producing 184PS and 424Nm of torque. The new engine has been combined with a six-speed automatic gearbox. However the older engine with power rating of 148PS and 320Nm torque still comes with the five-speed manual. An automatic transmission option is available with all wheel drive system.
The 2012 Captiva facelift comes with a new front end based on the new design theme of the General Motors. With an improved styling, much bolder design elements and masculine stance, this car has been made more refined, comfortable and versatile compared to the older model with flexible seating arrangement. The face of the car now features the trademark spilt grille of the company. The lower bumper area has also been restyled fog lamp housing, renovated with a lower positioned number plate and a faux diffuser under the bumper. A sharp feature line across the length of the vehicle, with delicate chrome highlights and a coupe style rear window makes the car look quite sporty.
The rear of the crossover is dominated by a large tailgate and considerable vertical tail lamps with indicators and reversing lamps contained in circular elements. The chrome tipped twin exhaust pipes also look good. This vehicle sports a large grille, boxier headlights, bold contoured hood, clear lens projection headlamps, redesigned bumpers and new clear-lens tail lamps. It flaunts bold wheel arches with large 17 inch alloy wheels and tyre profile of 235/65 R 17, which looks good and gives better grip both on and off-road. With its fold-flat seat design, it offers a maximum of 1565 Litre of boot space.
A slight tweak has been made in the interiors as well, making the car more spacious than earlier. Now the car comes with jet black interiors like the Chevrolet Cruze. All-leather upholstery has been included in the interiors. It has a seating capacity for 7 (2 + 3 + 2) people. Features like electric parking brake, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, AC vents for third row, sunroof have also been included. Apart from all these, lots of other safety features with ABS - EBD and six airbags have been included.
Storage compartments include a large wet/dry area underneath the load compartment floor, a deep centre console bin, cooled glove box, a rear centre console storage area, bottle holders, door bins, small item/coin, a parking ticket holder, cup holders, seatback pockets, an overhead sunglasses compartment and a dual-compartment sliding armrest for driver. Three 12-volt power outlets have been given. Luxury features include an integrated 2-DIN CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers, power mirrors, Tinted automatic windows, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat along with an electronic climate control system and particle filter as standard.
The sports utility vehicle comes to India as a CBU, so the prices are relatively higher compared to the other vehicles in this segment. Also, General Motors has no plans of starting CKD operations of the SUV, so the cost won’t be coming down anytime soon. The updated Captiva has three variants including the base 2.0-litre variant for Rs 18.74 lakh, the Captiva 2.0 Xtremeat for Rs 19.48 lakh and the top-end Captiva 2.2 with the new engine, an automatic gearbox and AWD for Rs 24.59 lakh. All these are ex-showroom prices for Delhi.
Specifications of the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva:
- Integrated Air Dam
- Stylish Alloy Wheels
- Streamlined Exhausts
- Adjustable Front Arm Rest
- Rear Arm Rest with Storage
- Outside Mirror with Turning Indicators
- Dual Airbags
- Genuine Leather Upholstery
- Descent Control System
- Driver Information Centre
- Cruise Control
- Music Controls on Steering
- Adaptive All Wheel Drive
- Anti Lock Braking System with EBD
- Automatic Level Ride Control
- Engine Type: Four Cylinder VCDi Diesel Engine
- Max. Output (PS)/rpm: 150 PS @ 4000 rpm
- Max. Torque (NM)/rpm: 320 Nm @ 2000 rpm
- No. of Valve/OHC: 16V/SOHC
- Compression Ratio: 17.5 : 1
- Displacement: 1,991
- Ground Clearance (mm): 197 197
- Fuel System: Common Rail Direct Injection
- Transmission: 5 Speed Manual/5 Speed Automatic
- Wheels: 7J X 17 (Alloy)
- Tyre Size: 235/65 R17 (Standard)
- Front Brakes: Disc
- Rear Brakes: Disc
Video of New 2012 Chevrolet Captiva from youtube:
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