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Commodore V6 for new Captiva

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Commodore V6 for new Captiva

Jez Spinks

September 14, 2010 - 4:10PM

Holden’s popular Captiva SUV is set to be powered by the Commodore’s 3.0-litre V6 as part of a major model update that will deliver more power and better fuel economy.

The direct injection six-cylinder is expected to replace Holden’s other locally built, 3.2-litre V6 for the flagship variant of a revised Captiva range that will arrive in March or April next year.

Holden’s soft-roader will again be a rebadged version of the Korean-built Chevrolet Captiva, which has just been unveiled with a mid-life makeover ahead of its Paris motor show debut at the end of the month.

The new Captiva V6 will surpass the current model's 169kW by retaining the same 190kW power output as the Commodore, though it produces slightly less torque - 290 v 297Nm.

Holden’s parent company General Motors hasn’t revealed fuel consumption figures but the V6 should also be more efficient than the 11.5/100km consumption of the outgoing V6 that is a shrunken version of Holden’s 3.6-litre ‘Alloytec’. It achieves economy of 9.5L/100km in the Commodore.

European Captivas will also be offered with the V6, while in the other direction lower trim levels of the Holden version are likely to borrow the Chevrolet’s new 126kW 2.4-litre four-cylinder and 135kW 2.2-litre turbo diesel.

The petrol engine is a 23kW hike over the current 2.4 that powers the five-seater Captiva in Australia; both new diesels have a superior output to the existing 110kW 2.0-litre.

New transmissions should also aid efficiency and are split between a new manual with an unspecified number of rations and a new six-speed auto. The vehicle will again be offered in front-wheel-drive and (on-demand) all-wheel-drive formats.

Captiva buyers will hear less noise from the new engines, according to GM. The company says it has improved the vehicle’s sound-deadening qualities.

The revised Captiva also gains a re-tuned suspension, which promise to improve upon the harsh ride and mediocre handling of the existing model.

Australia’s Captiva will wear a Holden-specific grille that keeps its look consistent with other models in the local car maker’s range, though otherwise it will feature the same styling changes.

Design tweaks include reshaped bonnet and wider and narrower headlights at the front, LED indicator lenses for the door mirrors, and a cleaner-looking rear end incorporating a narrower tail-light design.

The black plastic surround for bumpers, sills and wheel-arches is retained from the Captiva 7 (seven-seater) model, though the five-seater Captiva 5 will again be differentiated with a cleaner, more European flavour to its styling.

General Motors has also updated the interior for a model that was launched in 2006. It will continue to offer the choice of a third row of seats.

The company says it has introduced new seat fabrics, finishes and cabin materials to create a more upmarket feel. The redesign includes a wraparound-style dash that blends into the doors, though no interior pictures have been released yet.

Features include hill-start assist and an audio system with Aux, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. A touch-screen sat nav system and a rear-view camera sit on the options list.

The Captiva's sharp local starting price of $27,990 has helped establish it as the second-best-selling SUV in Australia, just behind the Toyota Prado.



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