General Motors (GM) India has launched the 2015 Model Year Captiva Luxury SUV. This launch indicates that the Americn automaker will continue selling the luxury SUV in India, its flagship model in the country. The future of the Captiva came under a cloud with the arrival of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, an SUV that is significantly larger than the Captiva but one that is available for a smaller price tag in markets abroad. The Captiva is imported into the country through the completely built unit (CBU) route, and this is the route through which GM India imports the latest version of the SUV as well. The manual gearbox equipped variant of the SUV is priced at 25.13 lakh rupees and the automatic variant at 27.36 lakh rupees, both prices reflecting ex-sh0wroom Delhi figures.
In terms of new feature additions to the SUV, the changes are not extensive. Cruise control, rain sensing wipers, an electric parking brake and sunroof are the major new additions on the SUV. A cluster ionizer has been added to the air conditioning unit. This new feature will deodorize and purify the cabin of the vehicle. The other new feature addition is the revised instrument cluster, which is said to deliver better visibility than the previous unit. The third row of seats now gains a blower. Mechanically, the Captiva remains unchanged. The 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine continues to power the monocoque bodied SUV.
This diesel motor makes 186.5 Bhp of peak power at 3800 RPM while peak torque is rated at 400 Nm, which is generated at 2,000 rpm. Six speed manual and automatic transmissions options are offered on the SUV. A front wheel drive layout accompanies the manual gearbox while the all wheel drive system is standard fare on the automatic variant. The Captiva comes with seating capacity for 7 adults, in a 5+2 layout, spread across three rows. In terms of aesthetics, nothing much has changed. The SUV continues to operate with the same looks as the 2014 Model Year considering the fact that a mid life visual makeover happened only last year.