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In Europe by summer, with 5 or 7 seats
Europe's Chevrolet Captiva SUV
At the 2006 Geneva Motor Show

GM Daewoo made Chevrolet Captiva SUV for Europe - front side view.

Chevrolet's new Captiva will be available with petrol or diesel engines.

31st January 2006.

With its American brand name, the all-new Chevrolet Captiva to be introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show next month, will be built by GM's South Korean arm, GM Daewoo Auto and Technology.

It is the Korean brand's first SUV, to be launched at home in the spring, before reaching the European showrooms in summer (to be available in UK showrooms in August).

With Captiva, the first diesel powered Chevrolet SUV specifically designed for Europe, the company tries to take its product offensive to a new level.

GM Daewoo made Chevrolet Captiva SUV for Europe - side view.

Captiva's 4.6-metre long body can welcome 5 or 7 people.

Tailored to European tastes, Captiva will be available with an all-new two-litre, 150 hp, common-rail direct-injection diesel. Like the petrol engined version (2.4-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder), the turbodiesel offers an optimised combination of performance with economy. Captiva will also be the first model in Chevrolet’s European range available with an electronic stability program (ESP).

The design of Captiva closely follows the S3X concept that was shown first at the Paris Motor Show in 2004. It is the first in a line of new Chevrolet products for Europe featuring the company’s new-look.

GM Daewoo made Chevrolet Captiva SUV for Europe - back side view.

Captive will feature ESP, ABS, HBA, HDC and ARP safety equipment.

5 or 7 seats- Captiva measures 4.6m/1.8m/1.7m (length/width/height) with a wheelbase of 2.7m, which makes it tempting for growing families, especially that it will be available in a choice of five or seven seat configurations, with  front or all-wheel drive system.

Customers will have the choice between front-wheel drive or an active-on-demand all-wheel drive system. Depending on driving conditions, the rear axle is instantly selected via an electromagnetic coupling to give maximum traction through all four wheels.

The system also interacts with the ESP and ABS systems, enhancing driver control of the vehicle and safety margins. The ESP itself has additional functions like HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), HDC (Hill Descent Control) and ARP (Active Rollover Protection).

Engines -  Two transversely mounted engines will be available in Captiva. They include the brand new, state-of-the-art common rail diesel engine jointly developed by GM Powertrain and Italian company VM Motori. In this application, the 16-valve unit offers 150 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 310 Nm at 2000 rpm.

In the EC combined cycle, fuel consumption is 37.2 miles per imperial gallon (7.6 litres per 100 km). Automatic transmission will be available with the diesel engine, delivering 32.8 mpg (8.6 litre / 100 km) on the combined cycle. This is the first application of a family of diesel powertrains that will become available in other Chevrolet products this year.

The petrol engine is a 2.4 litre in-line 16-valve four-cylinder, delivering 142 hp at 5,200 rpm and a torque maximum of 220 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Captiva 2.4 combined fuel consumption is 28.5 mpg (9.9 litre / 100 km).

Suspension layout consists of a MacPherson strut configuration in front and an independent four-link design in the rear. Ventilated disc brakes are standard on all four wheels. The standard wheel/tyre combination is 215/70 R 16 tyres on 6.5J x 16 inch wheels but larger variants will be available.

Full specification and price information will be available at the global launch in Geneva on 1st March 2006.

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