Geneva debut for Chevrolet Captiva
18 January 2006

These are the first images of Chevrolet’s new Captiva, its first SUV designed for the European market.

The new machine, which makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show in March and goes on sale in the UK in August, has a part-time four-wheel drive system and is available with five or seven seats.

Captiva’s design is based on the S3X concept, first shown at the Paris show in 2004. It is available with two engine options – a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol and a 2.0-litre common rail diesel. Chevrolet clearly expects the latter unit to be the biggest seller, since only the oil-burner is available with manual or automatic transmission. The petrol model is only fitted with the manual ’box.

No performance figures have been released, but Chevrolet is claiming a combined average of 37.2mpg for the diesel manual, 32.8mpg for the diesel auto and 28.5 for the four-cylinder petrol. With a relatively modest 150bhp and 162lb ft of torque, it’s likely to have to be worked hard to cope with the 4.6m-long Captiva’s bulk.

Our Verdict

Chevrolet Captiva

Chevrolet's seven-seat soft-roader is decent enough, but its high price pitches it against rivals it can’t beat

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