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EURO-MARKET CHEVROLET CAPTIVA FACELIFT REVEALED AHEAD OF PARIS DEBUT

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EURO-MARKET CHEVROLET CAPTIVA FACELIFT REVEALED AHEAD OF PARIS DEBUT

By Andrew Ganz

The European-market Chevrolet Captiva, engineered by GM-Daewoo in South Korea, will receive a new front fascia, as well as a pair of new powertrains for the 2011 model year.

Having been launched for the 2006 model year, the Captiva was growing a little long in the tooth. To keep things fresh, the crossover gains a new front end inspired by the Chevrolet Cruze. Nearly everything is new from the A-pillars forward, including the larger grille, redesigned headlamps, domed hood and door-mounted mirrors with integrated LED turn signals. A handful of other detail changes update the rest of the Captiva's exterior.

GM hasn't released any images of the Captiva's interior, but the automaker says that new finishes and textures improve the experience. A new audio system includes aux-in, USB and Bluetooth capabilities, while a touch screen navigation and a rear view camera are also available. GM says that it has reduced road noise by improving sound deadening.

Some of the biggest changes come under the Captiva's new hood, however. A new direct-injected 3.0-liter V6 producing 258 horsepower is now on the options list. Lifted from the Captiva's North American long-wheelbase platform-mate Chevrolet Equinox, the engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmision. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder (also used in the Equinox) boasting variable valve timing and 171 horsepower will come as standard.

A new 2.2-liter turbodiesel is poised to take over as the volume Captiva powertrain, however. Available in two configurations - 163 and 184 horsepower. The common rail diesel engines are mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission in most markets.

The V6 comes only with all-wheel-drive, while the Captiva's other engines are available with standard front-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive.

The revised Captiva will debut later this month at the Paris Motor Show. Make sure to check back for Leftlane's live coverage from Paris.

If the Captiva looks familiar to you, it's because it is: You might remember the Captiva (or at least parts of it) as the short-lived second-generation Saturn Vue. Last year, GM canned the Saturn brand, although it briefly contemplated rebranding the Vue as a small Buick crossover. Both the Captiva and the Vue rode on versions of GM's Theta platform, which also underpins the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrolet-captiva.html

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Euro-market Chevy Captiva getting facelift for Paris Show

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 13th 2010 at 11:29AM

General Motors has announced that it will be pulling back the sheets on a refreshed version of its high-riding Chevrolet Captiva at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The crossover will wear a new look for the first time since it was introduced in 2006, complete with the Bowtie's corporate grille and headlight design. Behind the fresh face are a total of four new engine options, including a direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 with 258 horsepower, two 2.0-liter turbo-diesel mills and a 171-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. All of those will be bolted to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

The 2011 Captiva will also feature a few other safety-oriented niceties, including hill-start assist, electronic stability control, traction control and braking assist, all as standard equipment.

GM says that it will be unveiling a total of four new or refreshed models at the Paris Motor Show, including the showcar version of the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. The Paris Motor Show gets underway starting on October 2 and we'll be there to give you the fully skinny. Hit the jump for the full press release on the 2011 Chevrolet Captiva.

[source: General Motors]

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New Captiva SUV features sporty design and all-new engine line-up

2010-09-13

* Fresh, sporty exterior look with bold Chevrolet face

* Enhanced interior with up-market look and feel

* Adaptable interior with five or seven seats and excellent storage space

* New, powerful and efficient engine line-up

* New manual and automatic six-speed transmissions

* Front- or all-wheel drive

* One of four Chevrolet world debuts at Paris Motor show

The new Captiva SUV will be seen for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, sporting a new front end design, a range of enhancements to the interior and new engines and transmissions. Captiva will be one of four Chevrolet world premieres.

Captiva is Chevrolet's full-blooded sports SUV with confident and dynamic new styling and active on-demand all-wheel drive system that distributes power as needed.

At the same time the new Captiva retains the advantages of its adaptable, theatre-style seating in three rows which comfortably accommodates up to seven passengers.

The Captiva has won many friends for its exterior design since its launch in 2006, and with the new model it just got even better. A number of features are immediately noticeable when viewing the new Captiva from the front, adding up to its athletic stance: the re-shaped and sharply sculptured hood, a new larger grille with its dual-opening and the Chevrolet 'bow-tie' sited proudly in the middle, and the prism style headlamps and integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors.

Moving round to the front fenders, the side air-vents now take on a more angular shape to emphasize the new Captiva's sporting intent, while from the A pillars back the Captiva retains its handsome profile, characterized by a sleek, rising shoulder line.

Setting the new Captiva's body off perfectly are the new exterior color palette and the accentuated wheel arches which will accommodate wheel sizes of 17 to 19 inches.

It's under the Captiva's new hood that many changes are also taking place, with no less than four new powerful engines that will come standard with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission for a powerful, smooth ride. The new engine line-up, which is comprised of two gasoline engines (2.4L and 3.0L) and two turbo-diesel variants (2.2L), incorporates a host of advanced technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy.

With the introduction of a new 3.0 liter 258 hp V6 gasoline engine with direct injection and variable valve timing, the Captiva will be one of the most powerful compact SUVs on the market, while the new 2.2 liter common rail turbo-charged diesel units will be available with either 163 or 184 hp outputs. Rounding off the new line-up is a 2.4 liter dual overhead cam gasoline unit with variable valve timing, rated at 171 hp. Both, the 2.2 liter turbo-diesels as well as the 2.4 liter gasoline engine can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

The new Captiva's chassis has been re-tuned to further enhance vehicle dynamics, improving cornering, roll characteristics and ride feel. With Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) standard, as well as front-, side- and curtain airbags, the Captiva provides a high level of safety.

Climb aboard the new Captiva and driver and passengers will still be welcomed by that airy and spacious interior, with storage space that is among best in class and with the option of either 5 or 7 seats.

The Captiva's upgraded interior now features an array of new finishes and textures including all-new seat fabrics and interior décor appointments to give the car a more up-market feel and look. Designers have put to good use some of the elements featured on other new Chevrolet models, such as the ice-blue back lighting and the 'wrap-round' design of the front fascia which flows into the front driver's and passenger doors creating the dual-cockpit look.

The new Captiva features Hill Start Assist, eliminating "roll-back" on hills and an electric park brake that opens up space for further storage in the center console, including two 1-liter cup holders.

The new Captiva's audio system includes Aux-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity. Passengers will enjoy their audio experience all the more thanks to improved acoustic engineering resulting in reduced road, wind and engine noise. Captiva can be ordered with a touch-screen navigation system with rear view camera for parking assistance.

Captiva offers a lot of SUV for its price: powerful, yet efficient engines, all-wheel drive capabilities, roominess and versatility for up to seven passengers. Its launch in Europe is scheduled for spring 2011.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/13/euro-market-chevy-captiva-getting-facelift-for-paris-show/

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ZL-1    160

I think it's uglier than the Mitsubishi; the new front end is a total mismatch to the rest of the bodywork IMHO.

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2011 Chevrolet Captiva gets a Fresh Face and New Engines

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010

Joining the new Orlando MPV, Cruze hatchback and the next generation of the Aveo subcomapct at Chevrolet's stand at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, will be the refreshed European market Captiva. The facelifted version of Chevy's seven seater SUV, which was first introduced in 2006, comes with a new front end design, interior enhancements, and new engines and transmissions.

The styling updates bring the Captiva more in line with Chevy's latest creations such as the Cruze and the new Aveo, though we're 99 percent certain that many will see some Mitsubishi Outlander styling DNA in that redesigned front end.

Along with the completely new snout, the 2011 Captiva also gets integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors, revised side air-vents, new exterior color palette and fresh alloy wheel designs.

We don't have photos of the interior yet, but Chevrolet says the cabin has been upgraded with new finishes and textures including all-new seat fabrics, an ice-blue back lighting and an improved audio system that includes Aux-in, USB-port and Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, a new electric park brake is said to open up space for further storage in the center console, including two 1-liter cup holders.

There are plenty of changes under the hood with the introduction of four new engines that will come standard with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission.

The new lineup comprises of a 2.2 liter common rail turbo-charged diesel unit available with either 163HP or 184HP outputs, and two gasoline engines, a 171HP 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 258HO 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection and variable valve timing.

Both, the 2.2 liter turbo-diesels as well as the 2.4 liter gasoline engine will be offered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

Chevrolet said it has also re-tuned the suspension to further enhance vehicle dynamics, improving cornering, roll characteristics and ride feel.

The launch of the refreshed Chevrolet Captiva SUV in Europe is scheduled for spring 2011.

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/2011-chevrolet-captiva-gets-fresh-face.html

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Z-06    493
including a direct-injection 3.0-liter V6 with 258 horsepower, two 2.0-liter turbo-diesel mills and a 171-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. All of those will be bolted to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

GM - why the frack don't US cars get these given your executives' quest of "world" cars and powertrains? As FOG mentioned in the Aveo thread, Gm in post-Lutz era is starting to look like pre-Lutz GM.

Agreed that thing looks uglier than softer previous version. GM should not jump the bandwagon to give a corporate face to everything. Keep identities for vehicles within each brand. Corporate grille has been so overdone that vehicles feel like maxi, mini, lite, mega models developed on the same template - just no design creativity.

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