Captiva will be the name of the new Chevrolet Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) due to be launched in summer 2006. As the S3X concept, the vehicle made its first appearance at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, where it was enthusiastically received by the media and the public. The Chevrolet Captiva offers expressive design and a spacious, convenient interior featuring high quality fabrics and materials. The new Captiva (length/width/height: 4,639/1,849/1,726 mm) will be available with seven or five seats respectively. Customers will also have the choice between front-wheel and four-wheel-drive variants.
Captiva will be Chevrolet’s first compact SUV with a diesel engine. Tailored to European roads and customer requirements, the vehicle will initially be available with a modern two-liter 150hp common-rail direct-injection diesel. Like the two available gasoline versions (2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.2-liter V6), the turbodiesel offers dynamic driving performance. The Captiva will be the first model in Chevrolet Europe’s range available with an electronic stability program (ESP).
The diesel engine was developed by GM Daewoo Auto&Technology Company, in cooperation with GM Powertrain and VM Motori. It is the first application of a family of diesel powertrains that will become available in other Chevrolet products in Europe, beginning in 2006.
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