While the Chevrolet Captiva isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you say 'crossover SUV', but that hasn't stopped the bowtie brigade from having another crack at the name. In fact, they have revealed the second-generation model.
This all-new Captiva, however, is a bit different. Because they've sold off Opel to Peugeot, they can't have an Opel-based crossover anymore. So what Chevrolet has done is turn to its Chinese partner for the second-generation Captiva. In fact, this crossover is an American-badged Chinese model.
So what car is the 2019 Captiva based off from? That would be the Baojun 530. What's a Baojun you ask? Baojun is one of General Motors' joint venture brands in China with SAIC. So in some ways, the Baojun 530 and the Captiva are indeed GM products. Chevrolet Colombia, who launched the car for the South American market, hasn't released a whole set of photos of the car just yet.
For its design, the Baojun badge and grill combo have been dropped in favor of a multi-slatted piece with Chevrolet's logo on it. Also, the wheels are different but that's largely the extent of turning the Baojun into a Chevy, aside from the likely rebadge inside, of course. It has slim headlights up front and defined bumper corners to give it a bit more presence on the road. The good is flat and so is the window line, right up until you get to the rear quarters.
The Chevrolet Captiva/Baojun 530 has an interesting design detail which sees the third window being smaller than most of the side glass area. As for the rear, it has a wide tailgate with a lot of character lines that run across it.
Propulsion is provided by a 1.5-liter engine and turbocharged for a bit more power. The result is 147 PS and 230 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a continuously variable transmission with six simulated gears. For now, it isn't clear what GM's strategy for the Captiva other than being offered in the Latin American market. It is also yet to be known if the Asia-Pacific region will get the China-sourced Captiva or the still yet to be officially revealed Tracker.