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Nip-'n-tuck for Chev's Captiva

2010-09-14 08:10
The cheeky Chevrolet Captiva has been given a facelift and will be shown at the 2010 Paris auto show in October.

As one of four Chev global unveilings at the event, the latst Captiva will be showing off its new front-end design (a reshaped bonnet and a larger grille), new engines and transmissions, and a range of interior upgrades. New, too, are LED indicators on the external mirrors.

Beneath the metal the Captiva has gained four new engines, standard with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. For the petrol engine line-up, the 128kW 2.4-litre is now complemented by a new 192kW three-litre V6 with direct injection and variable valve timing. The new 2.2-litre turbodiesel has outputs of either 121 or 137kW.

Hill-start help is new

The Captiva’s chassis has been tuned for better dynamics, roll characteristics and ride feel, GM says, and tfront and all-wheel drive options are offered.

Stability control, traction control and emergency braking assistance are standard; while hill-start assistance is a new feature.

New upholstery and lighting packs can be found in the cabin that, GM says, continues the “dual cockpit” theme of current Chev models with a fascia that flows into the driver and passenger doors.

The facelifted Captiva will be launched in Europe early in 2011; GMSA says “the model line-up and timing remain unconfirmed at this stage” for South Africa.

Wheels24 will be at the Paris Motor Show to bring you the latest coverage.


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