A few weeks ago, the all-new Chevrolet Captiva made its debut in the Latin American region. Now, it has landed in the ASEAN market. Making its regional debut in Thailand, the 2019 Captiva is no longer a GM-Daewoo product, as mentioned last time.
Instead, General Motors has turned to one of their many Chinese joint-ventures which, in this case, is Baojun. Based on the Baojun 530, the second iteration of the Captiva competes in the C-segment crossover market. With that, it is set to go up against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. Measuring in at 4,655 mm long, the Captiva is slightly longer than most of its contemporaries, which typically hover around the 4,500 mm mark.
As for its design, it's largely similar to the version sold in Latin America. It has high-set, slim headlights at the corners of the hood, along with a three-slatted grill and silver accents on the bumper corners. It also appears to have a decent amount of ground clearance.
The side profile on the other hand reveals an almost flat hood and window line, along with an interesting-looking kink on the third window. Towards the rear, there is a wide tailgate which incorporates a fair amount of sharp character lines. Also, the crossover's broad shoulder line is more pronounced from that view.
Inside, the cabin has a blend of a wraparound design, particularly in the front seats. The dashboard on the other hand has a 'waterfall' look with its fascia having a rakish angle. Of particular interest is the door grab handle, which looks like a uniquely shaped hoop. Taking center stage is the tablet-like infotainment screen, which holds various functions.
Under the hood of 2019 Captiva is a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, following the turbocharging and downsizing trend in engines for the past couple of years. Power is rated at 150 PS and 230 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a six-speed dual clutch transmission. It is yet to be known if a turbodiesel will still be offered for this generation.
It now begs the question: will it make its way to the Philippines? We did see dealer representatives at the VIP launch yesterday, so we're leaning towards a very likely yes.