Friday, March 11, 2011

Chevy Captiva for the US

Chevrolet’s Captiva is set to become a truly global vehicle. The compact crossover, which is already available in more than fifty territories worldwide, will soon add the United States to its tally of markets when sales begin there towards the end of this year.

To be known as the Captiva Sport in the US, Chevrolet is aiming its new addition primarily at fleet customers. Arguably it’s a direct replacement for the defunct Saturn Vue, which was itself based on the Captiva’s very close relation, the Vauxhall / Opel Antara.

Buyers will be able to choose from either a 182 bhp (136 kW / 184PS) 2.4 litre I4 or a 264 bhp (197 kW / 267 PS) 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine, both mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox - no diesels or manual transmissions here, predictably. Front- and all-wheel drive versions will be available, but no performance or economy figures have been released.

Proposed equipment levels are generous. Base LS spec models will come with air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, XM satellite radio, 17” alloy wheels and remote keyless entry.

The LT trim level adds OnStar and Bluetooth telephone connectivity, while the range-topping LTZ additionally gets leather trim, heated front seats, sunroof, ten-speaker sound system and a rear-view camera.

Whereas the Captiva currently available in Europe is produced in South Korea, the Captiva Sport is going to be built in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Chevrolet has yet to reveal prices, but they’ll need to be sufficiently less than those of the existing Equinox crossover, which is only slightly larger.

Image © GM Corp.

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