Holden reveals Series II Captiva – on sale in March

Holden reveals Series II Captiva – on sale in March

Holden has unveiled its new Series II Captiva range just over a week before it goes on sale in NZ on March 1st. During a press event in Australia’s Yarra Valley Holden officially revealed the facelifted Series II Captiva and let keen journalists have some time behind the wheel.

Both the Captiva 5 and the larger Captiva 7 has received a interior and exterior styling tweaks and the range gets new powertrains with modern petrol and diesel engines mated to six-speed transmissions. These changes will combine to give the Series II Captiva even wider appeal.

The higher-performing new generation petrol and diesel engines combined with strongly competitive pricing is the big story for the updated Captiva. There’s more power on tap across the range, complemented by fuel efficiency gains on all models.

The seven-seat Captiva 7 range now offers three new powertrain options including a price-leading 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol variant, a 2.2 litre turbo diesel and the Commodore-proven, Australian-built 3.0 litre Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) V6.

Captiva 5 buyers get the choice of a turbo diesel powerplant for the first time while refinements to all Series II models mean quieter cabins and improved ride and handling quality.

In terms of exterior styling both models of Captiva receive new headlight design along with a reworked twin-port grille. There’s also a more curvaceous bonnet and more prominent fog lights. The Captiva 5 gets a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels with a choice of nine colours. The Captiva 7 is sold with 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels depending on specification and indicator lights integrated into the wing mirrors.

Powertrains

The Captiva 7 range now includes a two-wheel-drive (2WD) model powered by a 2.4 litre four cylinder petrol engine. It delivers fuel economy of 9.1L/100km making it the most fuel efficient petrol seven seater in its class, while producing 123kW of power and 230Nm of torque. The new, perky 2.2 litre turbo diesel SX model, delivers fuel economy of 8.1L/100km, 135kW of power and a healthy 400Nm of torque — a 25 per cent increase on its predecessor.

All-wheel-drive (AWD) Captiva 7 CX and LX models offer a choice of the 2.2 litre turbo diesel or 3.0 litre SIDI V6 powerplants. The 3.0 litre V6 produces 190kW of power and delivers fuel economy of 11.3 L/100km.

Meanwhile buyers of the Holden Captiva 5 compact SUV may now choose between an AWD 2.2 litre turbo diesel model and a 2WD 2.4 litre four cylinder petrol model which offers 19 per cent more power than the engine it replaces.

Interior

All Series II Captiva 7 cabins now include MP3 compatible CD players with auxiliary input, Bluetooth for hands-free calling or music streaming, plus air conditioning, leather wrap steering wheel, auto headlamps and cruise control. The CX model ups the luxury factor even further with climate control, Sportec bolsters, driver information display and Rear Park Assist, while the range-topping LX adds leather appointed seat trim, Satellite Navigation, Rear View Camera, USB port and a 7-inch multifunction touch-screen.

Clever flush fold second and third row split seating, transforms the Captiva 7 from spacious seven-seat people mover to ample cargo carrier. Smart storage spaces are in abundance, including centre console and second row armrest compartments, front and rear cup holders, and front and rear door pockets. The inclusion of the electric park brake also removes the bulky lever and creates space for a multi-purpose storage compartment.

The Captiva 5 cabin is also equipped with stylish features including a six-disc CD player, semi-automatic climate control system, leather wrap steering wheel, front and rear park assist, cruise control, trip computer and driver information display as standard.

Safety and driving dynamics

Side impact airbags are now standard across the Captiva range, bringing the airbag total to six. An Electronic Stability Control system incorporates anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control, active rollover protection and the active AWD system which determines requirements for optimum traction. Series II also sees the introduction of Hill Start Assist (HSA) technology across the Captiva range. Captiva models are also fitted with a descent control system which maintains a slow speed for navigating steep downhill gradients.

Front and rear park assist comes standard on Captiva 5 while Captiva 7 CX features rear park assist and Captiva 7 LX combines rear park assist with a standard rear-view camera.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, said updates to the Series II Captiva were intended to build on the strengths of an already successful model range in a growing market.

“The introduction of three powerful new generation engines, each providing a performance boost and fuel efficiency benefits will make compact and medium SUV buyers sit up and take notice,” Mr Devereux said.

“That’s on top of the fact that Captiva 5 and 7 continue to hit all the right notes in terms of good looks, high-ride comfort, safety features and flexibility.

Range and Pricing

2011 Series II Captiva 7

SX 2WD 4-cyl A/T $41,890
SX 2WD Diesel A/T $45,890
CX AWD Petrol A/T $50,890
CX AWD Diesel A/T $52,890
LX AWD Petrol A/T $55,890
LX AWD Diesel A/T $57,890

2011 Series II Captiva 5

2WD 4-cyl M/T $38,490
2WD 4-cyl A/T $39,990
AWD Diesel A/T $44,990

On sale from 1 March, 2011.

To find out more about the new Series II Captiva check out the video below or click here to visit the Holden NZ website.

Check back soon for a full Car and SUV review of the Series II Captiva.

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