The Chevrolet Captiva was first introduced to the Southeast Asian market in 2006.
Its latest generation model arrived in the Philippines in May 2015 through the exclusive distributorship of The Covenant Car Co. Inc. Today, Chevrolet PH is not offering the Captiva in its local model lineup. Instead, the car brand offers the Trax subcompact crossover.
The latest generation Chevrolet Captiva boasts of a majorly revamped styling that now follows the more masculine and athletic look akin to the rest of the brand’s lineup. While it still keeps the trademark Chevrolet dual-port grille that prominently carries the bow tie logo flanked with projector headlamps, there are now bolder contours on the hood for a more aggressive look. A sharp feature line cuts across the length of the Captiva as well as roof rails add to the sportiness of the design. On the rear are redesigned LED taillights and a one-piece trunk door that has been modified from its predecessor. Adding some sophistication to the look are chrome highlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Chevrolet Captiva boasts of its spacious cabin that comfortably accommodates seven passengers in its three rows of seats. Leather upholstered seats are configurable on the front row. Meanwhile, the second and third rows can be fully folded to accommodate 1,577 liters of cargo. The cabin is also filled with unexpected, nifty storage solutions that are practical and goes well with the interior’s overall design.
Among the refreshed elements on the latest generation of the compact crossover are the redesigned dashboard and center console which is now cleaner and more straightforward. Everything is logically-placed and ergonomically sound for the driver’s convenience.
Technology & Safety Features
The Chevrolet Captiva is equipped with a touch screen in-car entertainment system that comes with GPS Navigation and integrated Bluetooth connectivity. It also doubles as a DVD player to complete the entertainment package. Audio comes out of a six-speaker sound system, and a built-in mic allows taking calls through wireless connectivity.
A couple of newly incorporated convenience features on the steering wheel are cruise control and air-con blower controls.
Among the safety features of the compact crossover are dual airbags, an anti-lock braking system, a rear camera that automatically activates when reversing, backup sensors, and an electronic parking brake feature.
Platform & Chassis
The 7-seater compact crossover runs on MacPherson Strut front suspension and four-dimension multilink rear suspension. Its rear suspension technology enables more even weight distribution for improved handling. Stopping power comes from discs all around.
Engine & Drivetrain
There are two engine options for the Chevrolet Captiva. First is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine which pumps out 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The gasoline variant is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 167 hp and 229 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual function that sends power to the front wheels.