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27 Jun 11 12:08
All New Chevrolet CAPTIVA SUV Arrives in Bangkok
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General Motors, Thailand recently unveiled the new Chevrolet Captiva, its first E85-compatible Sport Utility Vehicle at a packed and electrifying press launch in the ballroom of Grand Centara, Central World, Bangkok.

Antonio Zara, vice-president of sales, marketing and aftersales, said the all new Captiva cames with fresh new styling and improved performance by a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder petrol engine.

General Motors, Thailand plans to introduce more flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) or E85 (15 percent petrol, 85 percent ethanol) models in Thailand, as long as the local fuelling stations infrastructure can keep up.

The sticker price for the new Captiva starts at THB 1.198 million up to THB 1.58 million. The public launch will take place at at Parc Siam Paragon from 29-31 of July.

The Captiva launch was highlighetd by a well-known Thai celebrity couple, Mr Patiparn Pataweekarn (Mos) and Mrs Duangporn Luekitinan (Game), who will provide insights into what a modern family lifestyle with the new Captiva is like.
Here beside Martin Apfel, the president of GM Southeast Asia, showing off the new E85 Captiva on the stage.

History:The Chevrolet Suburban a Captiva precursor is a large sport utility vehicle from Chevrolet. It is the longest-lived continuous automobile nameplate still in production, originally dating from 1930s. Chevy Captiva follows the General Motors fireproof SUV tradition.

The New Chevrolet Captiva highlights

Versatile Performance in Captivating Style and Luxury

Bold and Definitive Exterior Bold. Definitive. The new Chevrolet Captiva now features Chevrolet’s signature dual port-grille ensconced in chrome surrounds. The noticeably raked profile, forward-diving shoulder line, fast window shapes and broad shoulders give the new Captiva an athletic demeanor. The whole ‘Chevrolet face’ is finished off by a larger, grained golden ‘bow-tie’ – the mark of 100 years of automotive excellence.

The lower front fascia carries lower air intake outboard bezels that house projector fog lamps in bright housings while the projector headlamps carry outer chrome bezels for a sporty touch. Polycarbonate lenses show off the chrome bezels and lend an upscale appearance to the new Captiva. It also comes with an integrated sump guard which protects the bottom of the engine, gearbox and other components when the going gets tough.

Enhancing the athletic appearance of the new Captiva, the wheel arches promote a tight tire-to-body relationship and communicates the new Captiva’s well-grounded and agile capability. The re-sculptured and more muscular wheel arches now house 19-inch wheels on the LTZ model, which comes with 235/50 R 19 tires. The LT variant features 18-inch wheels while the LSX and LS variants feature 17-inch wheels. A fast windshield and rear-swept roof portion gives an overall sleek and slippery profile. Five exterior colors are available including Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Royal Gray, Sterling Silver and the newest color Auburn Brown, exclusively only for the new Captiva.

Luxuriously Comfortable and Modern Interior The airy and spacious interior of the new Captiva is a statement in premium comfort and practicality accentuated by mid-silver and chrome finishing. Standard on the LTZ variant, the modern front console is equipped with a seven-inch LCD ‘infotainment’ screen, which also comes with a navigation system. Another first-in-class feature is integration of the heat, ventilation and air-con (HVAC) controls on the steering wheel. This is in addition to the usual steering wheel-mounted controls for the audio system and cruise control.

Yet another first-in-class feature is the electrically-operated parking brake, which can be activated via a switch located on the center console. In addition to easier operation, this feature also frees up space and provides for a more spacious storage bin in the center console. It also allows for a more optimally-placed center armrest for the driver. A redesigned shifter head and the area around the gear-position indicator adds the finishing touch to the clean, uncluttered and fuss-free centre console.

Entertainment is provided via an eight-speaker sound system incorporating clever digital programming known as ‘3D Sound Staging' which provides a well-rounded sound spectrum across the entire interior. The sound can be adjusted to focus on a particular area of the cabin such as the driver’s area, for example. The audio system includes auxiliary-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

The new Captiva comes with a spacious five-or-seven seating configuration, and features HVAC outlets at the third-row seats for additional comfort. Cargo volume with third row deployed is 465 liters. With the second and third rows folded, the new Captiva will provide a best-in-class 930 liters of cargo space.

Flex-Fuel, E85-Capable Powertrain The new E85-capable Captiva has been refreshed aesthetically as well as technically and now features a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with DOHC (dual overhead camshafts) and Double Continuously Variable Cam-Phasing (Double CVC). The package delivers 168 hp at 5,600 rpm, and 229 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. Mated to this new and powerful engine is a first-in-class new six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control, the latter allowing for manual shifting by the driver.

Tuned to operate on fuel ranging from ‘E0’ (pure gasoline) to E85 (15 percent petrol, 85 percent ethanol) and anything in between, the new Captiva is the first flex-fuel SUV in its class. To achieve even better fuel economy, the engine will operate in ‘ECO’ mode by default, which can be switched off when the driver needs to hold a gear at high engine rpm such as during overtaking, ascending long slopes or to achieve quicker acceleration.

The new generation "ECOTEC" engine has been certified by General Motors’ Global Engine Durability (GED) reliability tests under extreme climate variations to make sure the new Captiva performs at peak efficiency under the hot sun, in the snow and everything in between.

Captivating HandlingWhile the previous Captiva has received very good reviews for its handling, the new Captiva is even better, with larger diameter anti-roll bars and retuned suspension. The front features independent MacPherson struts while the rear has an independent multi-link setup. The rear also features a hydraulic link to reduce the incidence of vertical floor shake.

The new Captiva comes with two- or all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the latter featuring ‘active torque on demand’, a feature which enhances the efficiency of the AWD system. Operating via an electronic control unit, power is sent to the rear differential for appropriate torque distribution in relation to the front wheels for better safety and drivability, especially on undulating or slippery surfaces.

Enhanced SafetyGood handling also means improved safety and in this respect, the new Captiva features disc brakes at all four wheels (with additional ventilation for the front for better heat dissipation), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), traction control, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and ARP (Active Rollover Protection). Inside, the new Captiva features dual front and curtain SRS (Supplementary Restraint System) airbags, and high-power pre-tensioner seatbelts.

Other Captivating Firsts
Hill Start Assist (HSA) prevents the car from rolling backwards when the brakes are released while the vehicle is on a slope. It will hold the vehicle stationery for two seconds after the brake is released, giving the driver time to apply the throttle.

Self-Levelizer System automatically ensures the ride height of the new Captiva remains constant regardless of load. This enhances stability and ensures handling remains relatively constant under most load conditions.

Hill Descent Control (HDC) uses the ABS and EBD systems to maintain a constant low speed when driving down steep and especially slippery slopes. This feature maximizes traction and provides maximum steering control for the driver.
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