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by George Skentzos

Holden is now set to offer its diesel engine in a two-wheel drive Captiva for the first time.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine had previously been available only with all-wheel drive Captiva models.

When coupled with a manual transmission, Holden boasts the new 2WD diesel model leads the medium SUV segment as the most fuel efficient – using 7.2-litres per 100km.

2008 Holden Captiva 2WD diesel

The automatic model returns a slightly less impressive figure, using 8.5-litres per 100km.

“For consumers who want all the benefits of a medium SUV but don’t need the performance of an AWD, the 2WD Captiva SX is the perfect solution,”

At $33,990 for the five-speed manual and $35,990 for the five-speed automatic, the 2WD models represent a $2,000 saving over their equivalent all-wheel drive counterparts.

The five-seater 2WD Captiva diesel is available as an SX model, retaining the trim levels of its AWD equivalents which include Traction Control, Active Rollover Protection, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six airbags.

The 2WD Captiva SX with automatic transmission is on sale now, with the manual transmission variant scheduled to be in dealerships late September.




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