Wednesday, 28 November 2007

New Chevrolet Captiva in Malaysia

Hicom-Chevrolet Sdn Bhd unveiled the new Chevrolet Captiva SUV recently, with a choice of either 2.0L turbodiesel or 2.4L petrol engine matched with different drivelines of 2WD (FWD) or 4WD.

The 2.4L petrol 4-pot produces 136hp at 5000rpm, with maximum torque of 220Nm at a low 2200rpm. The likely more saleable (better acceptance?) 2.0L turbo-diesel meanwhile, pushes out a healthy 150hp at 4000rpm plus a grunty 320Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Both engines – designed by Italy’s engine maker VM Motori - are mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission with ‘manual’ Tiptronic function.

On the interior, the luxurious leather seatings are able to take up 7 occupants. Cargo space is a capacious 930litres with all rear seats folded down. Standard safety features includes Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control System and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

First for an SUV of this price-segment is Chevrolet’s Descent Control System (DCS) for safe, smooth and controlled hill descents. In addition, Active Rollover Protection (ARP) reduces body roll of this medium-sized SUV during heavy braking by selective and variable braking pressures on different wheels.

Although essentially a rebadged Daewoo Winstorm, this Korean SUV is significantly different from its competitors being monocoque in construction, which should offer better body control, ride and handling. Also aiding towards better chassis balance and ride refinement is the MacPherson strut suspension up front and multilink suspension for the rear axle.

The all-new Chevrolet Captiva is available in four colours: Sterling Silver, Black Sapphire, Royal Gray and Tornado Red. Hicom-Chevrolet is also offering a warranty package of 3-years or 100,000 km. Prices are yet to be confirmed but it is estimated to be ranging from RM138,000 to RM155,000, for the petrol and turbodiesel versions respectively.

Indicative prices for the new Captiva are:
2.4L FWD Petrol RM139,252
2.4L 4WD Petrol RM147,252
2.0L FWD Diesel RM146,924
2.0L 4WD Diesel RM155,924

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