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New 2012 Chevrolet Captiva SUV Model Reviews

February 13th, 2011 Category: Chevrolet Cars

2012 Chevrolet Captiva SUV Model has been given a major makeover for 2011. Including a fresh exterior design and chassis modifications to improve ride and handling and an upgraded interior.

The Captiva’s new upgraded interior now features an array of new finishes and textures, taking the new model up-market in feel and look. A number of the elements found in the cabin have recently been introduced on other new Chevrolets, to ensure the best of the family DNA runs consistently through the model range, while one or two others, like the electric park brake for example, are the kind of premium feature normally reserved for higher end vehicle segments. Of the characteristics that can be found on other new Chevrolet interiors, one of the key signatures is the dual-cockpit design and wrap-around front fascia, something that is well illustrated inside the Captiva. The Corvette-inspired dual cockpit lends the cabin a natural symmetry, while the wrap around fascia, which flows from the dash into the top sections of the driver’s and front passenger doors, gives the front of the cabin a seamless, unified look.

New Chevrolet Captiva retains its generous interior dimensions; shoulder room in the first and second row of seats is 1455 mm while leg room is 1036 mm in the front and 946 mm at the rear; headroom is 1026 mm in the front and 1017 mm in the rear. The Chevrolet Captiva comes with Aux-in and Bluetooth connectivity with commands integrated on the steering wheel as standard, as well as a USB port offered with the 7 inch screen navigation system. Sound quality inside the cabin has been improved, as the audio speakers have been re-positioned in the doors and a raft of engineering improvements to the interior acoustics – including on the windshield, doors and headlining – have resulted in reduced road, wind and engine noise.

New range of exterior Sitting in the center line between each grille is the prominent family Chevrolet bow-tie, ten percent larger than before and finished with a grained, gold surface. Captiva’s aluminum hood is all new, its concave and sculptured lines also designed to make the front profile more aggressive and powerful. Working in tandem with the new hood, the headlamps take on a more purposeful shape while the cylindrical, prism-type lamps, housed inside the casings, look high-end and modern. The area around the front fog lamps in the lower section of the front bumper has received a lot of attention, so that the fog lamp outline now runs seamlessly into the skid plate, which gives the whole front a more unified look.  Captiva’s front fenders now also have re-sculptured and more muscular wheel arches – complete with rugged protective moldings – and are able to accommodate increased wheel sizes of between 17 to 19-inches. The 19-inch wheel comes as standard fitment with top of the range models, but all Captivas come with generously sized alloy wheels which have attractive, rugged five or six-spoke design.

The chassis features McPherson suspension at the front and an independent four-link axle at the rear. All four wheels are fitted with internally ventilated disc brakes – 296 mm at the front and 303 mm at the rear – and a modern ABS system, which features sensors on all wheels and is standard on all models. For new Captiva, improvements have been made to the ABS software to further reduce stopping distances. New Captiva comes with electronically controlled, speed-sensitive steering as standard which means lower steering effort for the driver and better steering precision.

“Chevrolet Captiva owners have already enjoyed plenty of choice, with five or seven seats and all-wheel or front-wheel drive,” says Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. “The 2011 Captiva offers four new engines mated with a new six-speed transmission; a 2.4 liter petrol unit, a 258 hp 3.0 liter V6 and two variants of our 2.2 liter turbo-diesel.”

The 2012 Chevrolet Captiva handsome new hood that the most significant changes have been introduced. No less than four new powerful engines will be available, combined with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission. The new engine line-up, which is comprised of two gasoline engines of 2.4 and 3.0 liters, and two turbo diesel variants both of 2.2 liter displacement, incorporates a host of advanced technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy.

Seen for the first time on Chevrolet Captiva is direct injection and variable valve timing (VVT) on the top of the range 3.0 liter V6. The new 2.4 liter gasoline engine also features VVT. All engines will be coupled to either a manual six-speed gearbox, or a new six-speed automatic, the latter being a feature much more commonly seen on premium segment models.