Tuesday, January 27, 2009

All New Chevrolet Captiva Automatic+ Launched

General Motors India
launched its state-of-the-art Chevrolet Captiva Automatic+ premium sport utility vehicle today at a function presided over by its President and Managing Director, Mr. Karl Slym.

The Captiva Automatic+, as the name suggests, offers the convenience of an automatic transmission and hassle-free motoring for discerning consumers. In addition, the SUV comes equipped with Adaptive All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which incorporates technologies like the Descent Control System (DCS) and Traction Control System, making it a truly outstanding companion on and off the road.

Plus on Convenience
The new Chevrolet Captiva Automatic+ comes with an intelligent transmission system that changes gears automatically and on the fly by selecting gear patterns according to driver input and terrain conditions.

Plus on Technology
All Wheel Drive (AWD): The new Captiva's AWD is adaptive in nature, with a torque-sensing electronically controlled coupling that allows engine torque to be automatically redirected to individual axles based on driving and terrain conditions. The drivability and handling of such an adaptive AWD system is better than normal AWD systems.

Descent Control System: This innovative system regulates downhill speed and allows a controlled descent without the need to constantly apply brakes to trim momentum.

Automatic Level Ride Control: The Captiva's self-leveling suspension technology ensures optimum level ride control, irrespective of the load being carried.

Plus on Power
The Captiva features a next-generation, variable geometry common rail direct injection (VCDi) diesel engine delivers 150 PS of power and 320 Nm of torque, making it one of the most powerful and frugal SUVs in its segment.

"The Chevrolet Captiva Automatic+ is all about economical, refined and power-packed diesel performance combined with spacious luxury and fantastic road presence," said Mr. Slym. "When you add it all up, it offers everything any discerning Indian car buyer could want in the premium SUV space - and most importantly, at a price point that represents incontestable value for money."

Plus on Accommodation
The Captiva has been designed to maximise space. It has a 5 + 2 Flexi seat configuration that comfortably accommodates seven adults and can be transformed into a versatile and adaptable luggage carrier in a flash. Its unique, fold-flat seating arrangement provides up to 1,565 liters of cargo volume.

The Captiva incorporates convenience features such as remote-operated tailgate glass for quick access and many thoughtful storage solutions, including a large wet/dry area beneath the load compartment floor, a glove box cooler, a deep centre console bin, a rear centre console storage area and handy door bins.

The Captiva also features three 12-volt power outlets that are accessible to all passengers.

The Captiva's all-leather beige interior and matching cabin exude total luxury, while an integrated 2-DIN CD/MP3 player with six speakers provides an extremely pleasurable listening experience. Tinted automatic windows, power mirrors, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat and an electronic climate control system with particle filter are all standard.

Plus on Safety
GM engineers made safety a priority in the Captiva. Driver and front passenger airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, and height-adjustable front seatbelts come standard. The Captiva's four-channel ABS with brake assist-equipped discs intelligently assists with pedal pressure when it detects an emergency braking situation. The rigid high-strength body shell of the Captiva has been optimised to distribute crash forces over defined load paths to help protect the integrity of the passenger safety cell.

A unique feature of the Captiva is its level ride suspension system, which automatically maintains nominal ride height under differing load conditions - a feature that offers assured road clearance as well as optimal ride quality for passengers.

It may be recalled that the manual transmission, front-wheel drive version of the Chevrolet Captiva was introduced in India in January 2008. GM has sold 2,385 units last year, making it one of the country's most popular SUVs in India as of today.

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