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Chev Captiva to be here in 2007

The classy Chev Captiva 4x4 is to be showcased at the Auto Africa Motorshow in October and sales of the vehicle will kick off in the middle of 2007.

GM developed the Captiva specifically for the Chevrolet brand but it does share some genes with the Opel Antara, which won't be available in South Africa.

The Captiva is available with 2.4-litre and 3.2-litre V6 petrol engines. There will also be a 110 kW 2-litre common-rail diesel model.

Customers will have the choice between front-wheel and all-wheel-drive variants, the latter featuring an active on demand all-wheel-drive system.

As driving conditions dictate, the rear axle is instantly employed via an electronically controlled electro-magnetic coupling to give maximum traction. 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), ARP (Active-Rollover Protection), FBS (Fading Brake Support) and TSA (Trailer Stabilisation Assist).

This SUV is slightly bigger than a Toyota RAV4 and has a length of 4.64m, is 1.85m wide and is 1.73m high.

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