Thursday, February 17, 2011

Holden Updates Captiva 5 SUV in Australia with Series II Model

General Motor's Holden division has the unique distinction of having two Captiva models in its range: the Captiva 7, which is none other than the European market Chevrolet Captiva, and the Captiva 5, that's a re-badged Opel Antara. Given Opel's confirmed descent to the land of Down Under in 2012, there's a very strong possibility that Holden may be forced to drop the Captiva 5 from its Australian lineup at some point.

But until a decision is made, Holden will keep the Captiva 5 going with a modest refresh, incorporating the same changes found on its 2011MY Opel Antara twin. The Captiva 5 Series II is distinguished on the outside by the new grille treatment with mesh detailing and the fresh alloy wheel designs, while interior changes include a single-touch electric park brake.

The new Series II model gains a new generation 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel engine delivering 135kW (181HP) and 400Nm of peak torque, teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission for a combined fuel consumption of 8.5 lt/100km.

There’s also an updated 2.4 litre four-cylinder powerplant with 123 kW (165HP) and 230 Nm, which is 19 per cent more powerful than its predecessor. It returns an average fuel economy of 9.1 liters/100km.

The new turbo diesel model is equipped with an electronically controlled active all-wheel drive (AWD) system, while the 2.4 litre gasoline-powered version offers buyers two-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

Holden added that the Series II Captiva also benefits from a smoother, quieter ride and improved handling characteristics.

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