After nearly 13 years, there's is now a new Chevrolet Captiva in the market, and it was just recently launched in Thailand.
As mentioned before, the 2020 Captiva is no longer based on a European crossover, similar to its predecessor. Instead, it is now based on the Chinese Baojun 530 crossover, one of General Motor's joint brand venture in China with SAIC, and assembled in a JV facility in Indonesia. It competes in the C-segment crossover market, going up against the likes of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and the Toyota RAV4.
The design of the Captiva remains relatively unchanged from the concept we saw at the Bangkok International Motor Show earlier this year. Up front, there's a two-tier headlight design in line with the brand's design language. There are slim LEDs up top with the actual headlight units located at the bumper. The headlights then flank a large three-slat grill with silver accents.
Moving along the side, there's a large character line that runs through the door handles. At the rear, there's a wide tailgate which features a lot of character lines. A pair of slim LED headlights then wrap around the upper tailgate. Black cladding all around gives it a more rugged look. Two-town 17-inch wheels complete the exterior design.
Inside, the new Captiva is available in both two-row and three-row configurations for the first time. It also has a premium look, featuring black leather all around. Front and center is a large 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system which also provides access to the air-conditioning system and tire pressure monitoring system. The tablet-like Chevrolet Link system will make its way to the Captiva later on, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sound quality is said to be improved as well via an Infinity by Harmann audio setup.
Under the hood, only one engine option is available for the Captiva. Powering it is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which produces 150 PS and 230 Nm torque. It is mated to a CVT gearbox with 8-speed shift control.
In Thailand, the 2020 Captiva is available in three variants. The base is the 5-seater LS which starts at THB 999,000 (Php 1.7 million) with a 7-seat option available for an additional THB 30,000 (Php 51,000). The mid-spec LT is priced at THB 1,099,000 (Php 1.88 million) with the top-of-the-line model at THB 1,199,000 (Php 2.05 million).
Chevrolet has announced that the new Captiva will be on sale in Thailand starting in October 2019. Hopefully, we will get to see this crossover in the Philippine market as well. Considering how it is built in Thailand, it might not seem too far fetched.