Enhanced 2016 Chevrolet Captiva Range Offers Great Value

General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has introduced an enhanced Chevrolet Captiva for the 2016 model year. Arriving at dealerships this week, the 2016 Chevrolet Captiva is a refined and efficient people carrier with seating for seven passengers.

First introduced in South Africa in 2007, the Captiva is a highly capable seven seater with an appealing design that has seen more than 16 400 units sold locally. The Captiva offers a smooth ride over any condition the South African landscape can throw at it. The spacious cabin allows for extra storage space and has three rows of seats with high levels of safety and comfort features

Comfort for the family

The Chevrolet Captiva comes with a long list of standard features which include:

  • An on-board computer
  • Eight-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat
  • Dual zone climate control
  • MyLink 2.0 with large touchscreen
  • Rear park assist
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry and Keyless Start (PEPS)
  • Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist
  • Power folding mirrors

“In 2015 Chevrolet accounted for half of GM’s 9.8 million vehicle sales with over 4.4 million vehicles sold in 118 countries. Chevrolet’s success is driven by the brand’s focus on ensuring that our customers get quality features as part of the overall vehicle purchase package,” says Tim Hendon, Chevrolet Brand Manager at GMSA.

In addition, the Captiva offers plenty of storage space along with 477 litres of cargo carrying space with all the seats up and 942 litres with the seats folded down.

Winning Design

Enhancements to the 2016 model range include a new grille and front fascia which give the Captiva the latest Chevrolet Family look. The headlamps have LED day time running signature lighting with automatic on and off.

All three models come with Argent or body colour accent cladding depending on the body colour selected.

2016 models ride on 18”Alloy wheels, the bold look is finished off with neatly integrated side steps.


Taking pride of place inside of the 2016 Captiva is Chevrolet’s award winning MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. The second generation of MyLink builds on the innovations of the previous system with class leading connectivity which introduces phone projection technology, a first in this segment. The system allows users with compatible smart phones the ability to project some of their phone’s apps and functions onto the screen of the car’s infotainment system.

Further changes to the interior include a new leather steering wheel and an all new dashboard and instrument cluster.

Proven and Efficient Powertrains

Buyers of the 2016 Chevrolet Captiva have a choice of either the 2.4 litre petrol engine or a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine. The 2.4 litre naturally aspirated engine produces 123 kW @ 5600 rpm, and has torque output of 230 Nm at 4600 rpm. Combined cycle fuel consumption is measured at 8.8 l/100 km producing 210 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Performance figures for the 2.4 LT FWD fitted with the manual transmission are 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds, and a top speed of 190 km/h. When fitted with the 6 speed automatic transmission the 2.4 LT FWD LT accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11 seconds and reaches a top speed of 181 km/h.

The 2.2 litre diesel engine produces 135 kW at 3800 rpm with a torque figure of 400 Nm at just 2000 rpm. The 2.2 D LT FWD model is only available with a six speed automatic transmission and achieves an impressive combined fuel consumption figure measured at 7.8 l/100 km. Performance figures are equally impressive with 0 to 100 km/h reached in 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 192 km/h. CO2 emissions for the diesel model are 208 grams per kilometre.

The fuel efficient engines combined with a 65 litre fuel tank make the Captiva an ideal cross country vehicle.

Captiva is well known for its smooth ride courtesy of its continuously variable real time damping. It also has a MacPherson strut front suspension and an independent four link at the rear.

High Level of Standard Safety Features

The Chevrolet Captiva has a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to a suite of savvy electronic aids such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control Systems (TCS), Braking Assist System (BAS), Hill Start Assist (HAS) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).

“The Captiva’s 5-Star Euro NCAP rating, is testament to Chevrolet’s continuous efforts to always keep customers safe. As a family vehicle the Captiva offers high levels of safety for all seven passengers regardless of where they are sitting. The full set of safety features which include front, side and curtain airbags, means that everybody who steps into the vehicle is protected,” said Tim Hendon, Chevrolet Brand Manager.

  • Standard Safety Features in the Captiva are:
  • ABS Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Iso-fix Child Seat Anchorage
  • 3-point Seat belts on all 7 seats
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Braking Assist System (BAS)
  • Continuously Variable Real Time Damping with Trailer Stability Assistance which works to evenly distribute the weight across the vehicle and is activated automatically when a heavy load in the rear is detected resulting in improved handling
  • Hill Start System, to prevent rollback on inclines, and the Hill Descent System that slows you down on steep gradients.