Chevrolet India is the Indian arm of the American auto giant General Motors. Their splendid fleet of vehicles in the Indian car market are admired for their stylish exteriors, lavish insides, a performance packed engine and many comfort and safety features. Chevrolet India is on the 5th position presently in terms of manufacturing and selling cars in the country. One of their most popular and massive vehicles in the country is the masculine Chevrolet Captiva SUV, which has been doing good for the company in terms of sales, since it was first launched in the year, 2008. The company has now launched a facelifted version of this SUV in the country. The company has bestowed this facelifted SUV with quite some changes to the exteriors and interiors. And the car has now been offered with more features as well. The exteriors of this 2013 Facelifted Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 AT AWD are robust yet graceful with a sleek overall body line. The visual changes done to the outsides are the refurbished front and rear bumpers, a revamped front radiator grille, a new LED based tail lamp cluster and a few other changes. The company has not done any changes to the engine and this SUV has the same power packed 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder based VCDi turbocharged diesel engine, which has the ability to displace close to 2231cc along with a maximum power output of 186.5bhp and a mammoth maximum torque of 424Nmmated to a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
The exteriors of this 2013 Facelifted Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 AT AWD trim are captivating with a aggressive front radiator grille. The frontage also has a large and radiant head light cluster, equipped with powerful lamps. The stylishly rugged Chevrolet Captiva automatic trim exudes flamboyance with the strikingly prominent Chevrolet bow-tie on the front grille. The engine hood has dynamic crease lines, projection headlamps, air dampers on the side fenders and flared wheel arches, all add to the style quotient of the vehicle. The company has equipped the neatly carved out and pronounced wheel arches of this automatic SUV with a set of newly designed 17 inch alloy wheels, which have been further covered with robust tubeless radial tyres of size 235/65 R17, which have a superior road grip on any terrain. There is also a full size spare wheel given to this variant, which has been affixed in the boot compartment. The exterior rear view mirrors have built in side turn blinkers. The rear has been given a new LED based brilliant tail lamp cluster. The front and rear wind screen are broad and are made up of laminated toughened glass. The rear wind shield has been fitted with a wash and wipe function and also has a rear demister as well. Other features include a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps, stylish satin colored roof rails, a compact antenna on the roof and a couple of such aspects as well.
The company has done some minor yet noticeable changes to the interiors as well of this facelifted Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 AT AWD trim. The insides are in a charming black shade with premium leather upholstery on the seats along with leather covering on the power steering wheel, gear rod and the parking brake area. The seating arrangement is very relaxing with flexible seating. The collapsible third row seats have automatic fold down head rests as well. These seats can be folded and adjusted to bring in a lot of luggage with ease. Then there is a arm rest and adjustable head rests, a driver information system screen, an illuminated key hole for the ignition, then there is a power outlet for the second as well as the third row passengers to charge their mobiles and other gadgets. The internal lighting system has dual front reading lamps, an illuminated large glove box, then there are stainless steel door sill plates and a luggage compartment box as well.
Engine and Performance
The new Chevrolet Captiva 2.2 AT AWD is an all-wheel drive based SUV, which is skilfully mated with a six speed automatic transmission for easy and smooth shifting of gears. The 2.2-litre powerful diesel mill produces a peak power of 186.5bhp at 3800rpm in combination with a 424Nm of maximum torque at 2000rpm. This fuel efficient diesel engine offers an impressive pick up and a healthy mileage as well. The company has also integrated this diesel mill with a Variable geometry turbo Common Rail Direct Injection (VCDi) diesel engine with four cylinders and an DOHC configuration.
Braking and Handling
This facelifted automatic SUV has a proficient braking system along with the advanced Automatic Level Ride Control and the Anti-Lock Braking System with Brake Assist. The front and rear wheels of this SUV have been equipped with disc brakes further help to prevent wheel lock during abrupt braking. The efficient suspension system comprises of McPherson Struts with twin tube gas pressure strut for the front axle, while the rear axle gets integrated with a multi-link, level ride twin tube gas pressure struts, which are quite capable.
The list of the comfort features is quite long, the company has offered cruise control, third row heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with automatic climate control and rear AC vents with the Captiva. Then there is an electric parking brake, rain-sensing wipers and a sunroof as well. Other convenience features include bottle holders, small coin and cup holders, a parking ticket holder, an overhead sunglasses compartment, seat back pockets and a dual compartment sliding driver’s armrest. This automatic SUV also features three 12-volt power outlets that are accessible to all passengers. The third row seats can even be completely folded to form a flat bed to allow for more cargo space. Then there are four way adjustable head restraints and an eight way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support, one touch double folding split seats allow easy entry and exit for third row passengers. The center console armrest has storage space to help in easy access of essential things that are frequently needed.
The automatic Captiva is packed with both active and passive safety features to safeguard against the unexpected risks. The Descent Control System (DCS) present in the car helps in traveling in the hilly areas comfortably. Then there are dual airbags on the inside, which keep the occupants protected on the move. The advanced safety system with ABS ensures the car stays surefooted even under panic braking ensuring a smooth stop. The engine immobilizer acts as a safety alarm along with central locking, power door locks, child safety locks, anti-theft alarm helps to protect this SUV from theft. Other safety features include day and night rear view mirror, electronic stability program (ESP), brake assist, halogen headlamps, rear seat belts, seat belt warning, door ajar warning, side impact beams, front impact beams, traction control, key less entry, engine check warning and many more such aspects.
Pros: Stylish exteriors, plenty of leg room, lots of boot space, excellent comfort and safety aspects.
Cons: High maintenance cost as also the high initial cost, mileage can be better, engine NVH levels can be reduced.
The mechanism by which power is transmitted from the engine to the wheels.Transmission type could be Manual,Automatic, Continuously Variable Transmission, or Semi-Automatic.
The maximum amount of fuel that the engine can burn in one complete cycle of all the cylinders together.
The amount of work the engine can do over a period of time. It is measured in Horsepower. One Horsepower is equal to the energy needed to lift 550 pounds at a height of one foot for one second. 1 PS=1.01387 bhp.
The maximum power output the engine can
produce over a particular range of speed.
Sudden braking at high speeds can cause the brakes to lock up and the car to skid. The electronic sensors in the Anti Lock braking System rapidly pressurize and depressurize the brakes, thus stopping them from locking up.
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