2013 Chevrolet Captiva Facelift announced for the Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2013

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Chevrolet will bring the facelifted version of its Captiva compact SUV in Europe. For those who don’t know, this is the first time the Chevrolet Captiva receives a facelift (first version was released back in 2010 at the Paris Motor Show) and according to the press release, the new vehicle comes with several changes to the rear and front, such as new LED tail lamps, angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodeled bumper.

At the front, the Captiva features an angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodeled bumper. The exterior design is completed by a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels. The Captiva will now feature keyless entry and start as standard on upper trims.

Inside, we find fresh seat colors, new fabrics (upper specifications: leather seats), and restyled trims in the instrument panel. A dual-zone climate system is also offered, while ambient lighting package and heated rear seats provide even more comfort on select specifications. The new Trax will also be launched at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the manufacturer hopes to conquer the popular and fast-growing small SUV segment.

Press Release

Restyled Captiva and new Trax to form Chevrolet's SUV backbone in Europe

A sharper-looking edition of the Captiva is among the highlights Chevrolet presents at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The restyled compact SUV complements the other main attractions, the much anticipated Corvette Stingray convertible and coupe, and the Spark Electric Vehicle. Along with its smaller sibling – the all-new Trax – Captiva underscores Chevrolet's proven experience in building capable sport utility vehicles.

"With Captiva and Trax, Chevrolet will offer two very distinct SUVs in Europe, both featuring Chevrolet’s iconic design" says Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. "Trax combines the agility of a small car and the versatility of an SUV, making it perfect for today’s urban explorer. The larger and more powerful Captiva has a more upscale presence. Captiva is the ideal companion for those who want to have some adventure, but feel that they could do with more space, capability and that extra bit of convenience."

Captiva delivers sharper looks and more comfort

The Chevrolet Captiva is among the most powerful compact SUV on European roads. It offers enough space for up to seven occupants or for a maximum of 1,577 liters of luggage. The new model introduces several enhancements to its design that further accentuate the vehicle's assertive stance.

Subtle design changes were carried out on the rear and front of the vehicle. They include a new LED tail lamp, angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodeled bumper, which contribute to the sharper, more defined appearance of the new Captiva. Up front, it sports a lower bumper, a new grill mesh as well as restyled foglamps, which highlight the vehicle's purposeful looks. New 18-inch alloy wheels further enhance Captiva's road presence.

Inside, too, the new Captiva boasts several novelties, including fresh seat colors, new fabrics (upper specifications: leather seats), and restyled trims in the instrument panel. A dual zone climate system and heated rear seats offer even more comfort on select specifications while the footwell area is now illuminated with Chevrolet's stylish ice-blue ambient lighting. Model year 2013 Captivas will come with standard keyless entry and keyless start on upper trims.

Captiva offers customers a choice of four potent yet efficient diesel and gasoline engines, with displacements ranging from 2.2L to 3.0L. The vehicle has been awarded EuroNCAP's top safety rating of five stars and is equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Braking Assist System (BAS) and an electric park brake. Hill Start Assist (HAS) eliminates roll-back on hills. Captiva is capable of towing trailers and caravans weighing up to two tons.

Trax sales to start in spring

Trax is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in Europe as of spring this year. Chevrolet's new small SUV boasts an athletic, inspired styling, a choice of three fuel-efficient engines and sporty, responsive ride characteristics. With sufficient space to accommodate five persons in a comfortable high seating position, Trax will deliver car-like handling while also enabling off-road capability when needed. The engine line-up will comprise a 140 hp (103 kW) 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine as well as a 1.7L diesel engine which produces 130 hp (96 kW).

All manual transmission variants come with Start/Stop technology. Both the 1.7L diesel and the 1.4L turbo gasoline engine will also be offered with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Fuel consumption figures will average 4.5L/100 km with the 1.7L diesel engine, and 6.5L/100 km with 1.4L turbo (manual transmission). Trax is offered in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations. The AWD system, available on variants equipped with the 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine, automatically kicks into action and significantly improves road holding on slippery or graveled roads.

Trax' numerous storage compartments include an available under-seat storage tray, a loading space capable of accommodating 1370 liters as well as further stowage space under the cargo floor. Up to eight seating configurations can be chosen from. In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax has a front passenger seat that can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility for objects of up to 2.3 m length. The rear seat row incorporates a regular 230V socket that can be used for recharging laptops and other electronic devices without the need for an adapter.
With the brand new Trax, Chevrolet is introducing its first-ever contender for the small SUV segment. The market for this class of vehicle has grown particularly fast, defying the headwinds the industry has recently been facing. Five years ago, small SUVs accounted for 0.75 percent of all cars on European roads. By late 2012, that share more than doubled, increasing to 1.9 percent or about 264,000 vehicles. Buyers of small SUVs tend to be young professionals who desire a car with a sporty feel and looks and delivering agile handling in dense city areas.

Chevrolet MyLink enables safe, voice-activated commands and navigation

MyLink users who own a compatible iPhone* (as of 4S) running iOS6 will be able to use the Siri assist system to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. In the Siri Eyes Free mode, which can conveniently be activated through a steering wheel button, they will be able to:

Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone
Play songs in the iTunes library and switch music sources automatically from AM/FM radio to iPod mode
Listen to, compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved contacts
Access calendar and add appointments
Minimize distraction. While in Eyes Free Mode, Siri will not provide answers to complex questions that require displaying a web page.
A dedicated navigation app called BringGo will also become available in Chevrolets that come with MyLink. It will project the route from the smartphone onto the system's touch-screen. BringGo features lane guidance which will help drivers by displaying the correct lane(s) to stay in while 'live traffic' will provide real-time traffic information, such as detailed incident reports and the ability to reroute to avoid traffic jams. The traffic service requires an active network connection through the smartphone.

BringGo has the ability to store maps on the customer’s smartphone, giving them access to locations and turn-by-turn directions even when the phone signal is poor. En eco icon at the bottom of BringGo’s main menu will enable drivers to estimate how far they can continue until their fuel is exhausted. An average and minimum eco-driving efficiency rating can be calculated.

On top of that, owners of a Chevrolet MyLink-equipped Trax will be able to listen to radio stations via TuneIn. TuneIn is a streaming audio powerhouse that will provide seamless connectivity to live local, international and internet radio and links listeners to a global network of 70,000 stations. To access TuneIn through the Chevrolet MyLink radio, customers will simply download the TuneIn radio app to a compatible smartphone and connect the phone with MyLink.

Upper trims of the Chevrolet Trax will feature Chevrolet MyLink technology as standard, a system that aggregates content from smartphones onto a seven-inch high resolution full-color touchscreen display. With Chevrolet MyLink, phone calls can be conveniently placed by selecting a name from a stored directory and then touching the call function. The system and provides easy access to personal playlists, photo galleries, phone books, and other stored media and data. MyLink-equipped Trax SUVs will incorporate a standard rear-view camera.

* Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 55,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2012, GM sold more than 2.8 million vehicles in China. It has been the sales leader among global automakers in the market for eight consecutive years. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.

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