Chevrolet Captiva SUV to debut at Geneva

Chevrolet has issued the first photographs of its all-new compact SUV, Captiva, which makes its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. With Captiva, the first diesel powered Chevrolet SUV specifically designed for Europe, the company takes its product offensive to a new level.

Tailored to European customer requirements, the vehicle will be available with an all-new two-litre, 150 hp, common-rail direct-injection diesel. Like the petrol engined version (2.4-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder), the turbodiesel offers an optimised combination of performance with excellent economy. Captiva will also be the first model in Chevrolet’s European range available with an electronic stability program (ESP). It will be available in UK showrooms in August.

‘Captiva is big news for the customer who is looking for great looks, great value, great practicality and authenticity from the brand that introduced the very first SUV back in 1935,’ said Andy Carroll, Managing Director of Chevrolet UK.

The design of Captiva closely follows the S3X concept that was received with great acclaim at the Paris Motor Show in 2004. It’s spacious, with convenient interior features and high quality fabrics and materials and is the first in a line of new Chevrolet products for Europe featuring the company’s new-look interior. Captiva measures 4.6m/1.8m/1.7m (length/width/height) with a wheelbase of 2.7m. Important for growing families, it will be available in a choice of five or seven seat configurations.

Customers will also have the choice between front-wheel drive and an active-on-demand all-wheel drive system. As driving conditions require, the rear axle is instantly selected via an electromagnetic coupling to give maximum traction through all four wheels.

The system also seamlessly interacts with the ESP and ABS systems, enhancing driver control of the vehicle and safety margins. The ESP itself has additional functions like HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), HDC (Hill Descent Control) and ARP (Active Rollover Protection).

Two transversely mounted engines will be available in Captiva. They include the brand new, state-of-the-art common rail diesel engine jointly developed by GM Powertrain and VM Motori. In this application, the 16-valve unit offers 150 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 310 Nm at 2000 rpm. In the EC combined cycle, fuel consumption is 37.2 mpg. Automatic transmission will be available with the diesel engine, delivering 32.8 mpg on the combined cycle. This is the first application of a family of diesel powertrains that will become available in other Chevrolet products this year.

The petrol engine is a 2.4 litre in-line 16-valve four-cylinder, delivering 142 hp at 5,200 rpm and a torque maximum of 220 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Captiva 2.4 combined fuel consumption is 28.5 mpg.

Suspension layout consists of a MacPherson strut configuration in front and an independent four-link design in the rear. Ventilated disc brakes are standard on all four wheels. The standard wheel/tyre combination is 215/70 R 16 tyres on 6.5J x 16 inch wheels but larger variants will be available.

Full specification and price information will be available at the global launch in Geneva on 1 March 2006.