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At the Bangkok International Motor Show, Chevrolet surprised the world or rather specifically, the ASEAN market by unveiling a familiar name: The Chevrolet Captiva. Familiar because one or two of our readers might definitely have heard of it as it was a big deal back when it was released as it was a compact crossover SUV sold worldwide.
In 2018 however, Chevrolet decided to discontinue the first generation Captiva and replace it with the Equinox for other markets. But now as we’ve said, the Chevrolet Captiva 2019 makes its return to the ASEAN market and soon in the Philippines with its second generation.
Now the new Chevrolet Captiva isn’t exactly doesn’t exactly use the GM Theta Platform its predecessor has used but instead is now a rebadged vehicle made by SAIC Motor through a joint venture with General Motors which Chevrolet belongs to. The vehicle in question is called the Baojun 530 and is also sold by Morris Garages in India as the MG Hector.
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The new Chevrolet Captiva 2019 has been released in Thailand and hopefully also in the Philippines in the future
Upon taking a good look at the new Chevrolet Captiva, one can easily see very modern styling cues easily dictate the look of its vehicle. This is true especially at the front where one can find the beefy looking, “c” shaped outline of the fog lights.
Another aggressive aspect of the SAIC made Captiva is the large but clean looking grille and the frowning intake below. Both are dominated with tasteful horizontal lines that make the vehicle wider than it really is.
And lastly, for the front, the vehicle also follows the new emerging trend of giving SUVs very thin LED headlights which make it look like a squinting predator tracking its prey.
Second-gen Captiva follows the new trend with its very thin LED headlights
Towards the side of the new Captiva, what immediately one notices is the very prominent character line which runs from the edge of the headlights towards where the rear lights start.
One should also take note from the side of the Chevrolet Captiva 2019 is the third, rearmost side window which has a vastly different shape than the first and the second. It is also a little smaller but despite that, it can still presumably provide a good all-around view for the occupants of the vehicle.
Towards the rear, the Captiva/Baojun continues on with its very modern design with a very distinguishable inverted V-shape surrounding the license plate space and a pair of rectangular exhaust tips giving the vehicle a performance look.
Towards the rear, 2019 Chevrolet Captiva continues its modern design with V-shaped surrounding
The entire shape of the rear door is also a stylish affair as its edges seamlessly connect through tasteful curves with the main body of the vehicle. And lastly, the rear headlights also bestow the vehicle a sporty look with its bulbous design that has also become familiar with many modern vehicles.
What the new Captiva has under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine which makes about 145 hp and 230 nm of torque. As for its transmission, it comes equipped with a CVT with 6 simulated gears making a vehicle a potentially excellent city skipper. With the power figure, the new Captiva can also be capable of the long trips.
With the new engine upgrade, Chevrolet Captiva 2019 is perfect for a long road trip
The Chevrolet Captiva will come either as a seven or five-seater to be sold in Thailand at about 1,000,000 Thai Baht which if converted comes up to Php 1.66 million. At that price point, the new Captiva will definitely rival the likes of Honda CR-V, the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage, and the Mazda Cx-5.
>>> Kindly refer to our Chevrolet price list Philippines to catch up with the latest price update.
Aside from its impending release in Thailand, Chevrolet has yet to reveal more details about the vehicle namely other countries to where it will be released.
Let's just hope that the new Chevrolet Captiva 2019 will indeed come to the Philippine market because yes indeed, crossovers have become a worldwide and local mainstay for motorists and as a choice for a modern mobile family.
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