The updated Chevrolet Captiva is similar to the older model except for a new Cluster Ionizer and a new instrument cluster.
General Motors had launched the Chevrolet Captiva in India in the year 2008. Ever since its launch, the Captiva hasn’t managed to bring in quite the sales for the company. In recent times, the presence of rivals like the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Hyundai Santa Fe has generated problems for the Captiva with the Fortuner garnering the highest figures in terms of sales in the segment. General Motors has just launched an updated version of the Chevrolet Captiva to take on the likes in the premium SUV segment.
The 2015 Chevrolet Captiva like its previous model has been launched in two variants, a two-wheel drive manual and an all-wheel drive automatic version. The SUV is priced at Rs. 25.13 lakhs for the manual and Rs. 27.36 lakhs for the automatic variant (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. The Captiva continues to feature the same engines as its older version which is a 2.2-litre diesel engine that generates 186.5 BHP at 3800 RPM and 400 Nm of torque at 2000 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual transmission.
There isn’t much in terms of the changes that the 2015 model gets over its predecessor except a new Cluster Ionizer, which generates ions to purify and deodorize cabin interiors and a new instrument cluster which provides improved visibility for the driver. Usual bits like dual-zone AC with separate blower controls, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, sun roof, rear parking assist, heated outside mirrors, six airbags, remote keyless entry, an integrated 2-DIN audio player with 6 speakers and Bluetooth connectivity are available as standard.
The Chevrolet Captiva all in all is a pretty good car but it hasn’t been able to catch the eye of buyers mainly due to improper marketing strategies used by General Motors. The decision of updating the Captiva and increasing its prices might also be taken keeping in mind that the Chevrolet Trailblazer is also due for a launch in India and the two should not eat into each others pie if priced close to each other.