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Holden has unveiled the Holden Captiva Series II, with new engines, new transmissions and sharper prices across the revised Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 ranges.

On sale from the middle of next month, the Series II Captiva ranges will include six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions, diesel engines and improved fuel economy.

Prices of the popular Captiva 7 have dropped by $2000 compared with the outgoing model, and there is now a four-cylinder front-wheel drive petrol option that assumes the entry-level position.

All Series II Captiva 7 models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Three engines are available: a 123kW/230Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine, a 135kW/400Nm 2.2-litre diesel engine, and a 190kW/288Nm 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. The two four-cylinder units are shared with the smaller Captiva 5, while the SIDI V6 is transplanted from the Commodore.

The entry-level Captiva 7 SX is the only model to get front-wheel drive and the smaller petrol engine. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 9.1 litres/100km, which Holden says makes it the most fuel-efficient seven-seater in its class.

The CX and LX models are equipped with the 3.0-litre Australian-built V6. They achieve combined fuel consumption of 11.3 litres/100km and emit 268g/km CO2.

The diesel is available across all SX, CX and LX model lines, and achieves 8.1 litres/100km in front-wheel drive mode and 8.3 litres/100km in all-wheel drive.

The front-end design is significantly revised, with squared-off headlights, prominent lower fog lights, bold bonnet, a stylish grille and expanded lower air intake.

The taillights get the clear lens treatment while alloy wheels range from 17-, 18- and 19-inch designs depending on model. Three new paint colours take the body options up to nine.

Inside, new features include push-button park brake and standard Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

The mid-spec CX adds climate control, driver info display, sports seats and rear parking sensors, while the LX gets leather seat trim, satellite navigation, rear-view camera, USB port and seven-inch multifunction touchscreen.

Safety is up to standard with six airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, Hill Start Assist, descent control and active rollover protection.

The compact Series II Captiva 5 will be available with the option of the 2.4-litre petrol engine and the 2.2-litre diesel unit, both of which are Euro IV-compliant and produce identical power and torque outputs to the Captiva 7.

Combined cycle fuel consumption for the petrol models is 9.1 litres/100km with both manual and automatic transmissions, and CO2 emissions are 217g/km (manual) and 216g/km (auto). Petrol-powered Captiva 5 models are available in front-wheel drive only.

The new Captiva 5 diesel is available as an all-wheel drive with automatic transmission only. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 8.5 litres/100km and emissions average 224g/km.

Holden says there has been considerable work done to improve the new model’s ride and handling, and to reduce drive noise.

Visually, the Captiva 5 Series II gets a subtle new mesh grille with thin air intakes and fog lights with chrome bezels.

All models are equipped identically. Outside, the new Captiva 5 gets 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch steel spare).

Convenience features include a push-button park brake, multi-function trip computer, front and rear parking sensors, climate control and auto headlights.

The audio system is a seven-speaker unit with six-disc CD player and steering wheel-mounted controls.

Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, ESC, EBD, brake assist, traction control and active rollover protection.

The 2011 Holden Captiva Series II goes on sale in Australia in mid-March for the following manufacturer’s list prices:

Captiva 5

  • Front-wheel drive petrol manual – $27,990
  • Front-wheel drive petrol automatic – $29,990
  • All-wheel drive diesel automatic – $33,990

Captiva 7

  • SX front-wheel drive petrol – $32,490
  • SX front-wheel drive diesel – $35,490
  • CX all-wheel drive V6 petrol – $38,490
  • CX all-wheel drive diesel – $39,490
  • LX all-wheel drive V6 petrol – $42,490
  • LX all-wheel drive diesel – $43,490