With the novel Captiva, which is aheavily face-lifted version of the original model, GM believes itnowadays has muscle to steer purchasers into its showrooms. Seem atthis refreshed SUV head-on and you will incline to agree. The massivenovel grille has entirely transformed the car and may be addressedthe Captivaís largest weakness Ė that it only didnít seem SUVplenty of . The two-part grille, split by a thick strip on which theChevy bowtie sits, is the today-familiar signature of advancedChevys. The fog lamp housings seem much neater also and the headlampsare more hitting as compared to earlier.


Other interesting details are there-shaped slope air vents, a chrome strip for the window line andturn signals integrated into the mirrors. The muscular wheel archeson protective moldings are larger as compared to earlier toaccommodate wheels scoping from 17 to 19 inches. For the Indianmarket still, itís likely the 17-inch alternative will be offered.The Captivaís back is unaltered and, not surprisingly, is the leastinteresting part of the car with its quite generic lines.

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The interiors are largely carried abovealso but GM has created some smart plan alters to afford the cabin asignificant lift. The centre console is sharper, better sculpted andhas angular vents that afford it a sportier feel. The large,seven-inch display is functional, particularly with the enhancedproliferation of navigation systems. GM India is probably to offerthe new Captiva with a GPS navigation alternative with thehigher-spec edition.


The device cluster is completely novelas well and unlike the last model, the speedo and tacho sitseparately and are much simpler to read. The novel Captiva acquiresan electrically operated parking brake which is controlled by a smallswitch with the base of the centre console. The space vacated by thehandbrake lever has been taken up by dual cup holders that slidebelow the central armrest.


Plastic quality is much amended andlooks plusher as before but for a Rs 20-lakh vehicle, itís howevernot good plenty of. There are however much more of shiny, hard bitswhich bring a much more away from the cabin atmosphere. Theswitchgear while is fairly decent and gear lever and steering lookbetter to hold also. The quality level is better as compared to theXUV500ís but the Captiva however canít correspond European orJapanese standards.


The old Captivaís seven-seatconfiguration remains unchanged and thatís a good thing. We havealways wished the ease with which the spring-loaded middle seattumbles forward with the mere pull of a lever. The third rowcollapses into the floor to produce mode for a flat, voluminousluggage area, but with wverything three rows in place, you caníttravel with much more as compared to your toothbrush.


To match its aggressive feels, GM hasafforded the novel Captiva a much more grunt by plonking a novel2.2-litre diesel below the hood. This twin-cam, 16-valve motoracquires a high-pressure, 1800-bar fuel-injection system and thecompression ratio has been lowered to cut down exhaust emissions.