Yep, here it is, another new Holden. The Holden Captiva SUV. The all new Captiva sports utility vehicle range, priced from $35,990 is set to enter the market as Holden’s response to the ever popular Ford Territory. Holden is quick to point out that the new Captiva is is closest in exterior dimensions to the BMW X5 whilst offering five or seven-seat capacity depending on model. However Holden isn’t very quick to point out that yes.. infact this is another Korean car, sure its engine is the same as the Commodore, but my friends, build quality must be inspected.
Holden says the SUV has been extensively tested in Australia and is powered by a locally-made 3.2 litre Alloytec high performance V6 engine. All models feature an active all-wheel-drive system, a five-speed automatic transmission with Active Select, Descent Control System and Active Rollover Protection as standard.
The acclaimed crash avoidance system Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) is also standard across the range, while curtain airbags are available across the range and standard on three of the four models. Captiva gives SUV buyers a choice of highly specified SX, CX and LX models and is topped by the Euro-styled Captiva MaXX at $42,990.
Captiva SX is priced from $35,990, Captiva CX from $38,990, Captiva LX from $41,990 and the sporty Captiva MaXX from $42,990. With Holden-tuned chassis dynamics for on and off-road driving, Captiva will appeal to buyers in
the medium and compact-sized SUV market segments.
Captiva SX, CX and LX models return a competitive 11.5 litres per 100 kilometres and Captiva MaXX returns 11.6 litres/100kms per the ADR 81/01 standard. GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, today said he was delighted to have Captiva join the Holden range.
Mr Mooney said Captiva had the style, performance and versatility to attract buyers of larger and
“We’ve been waiting a long time to get the right SUV for the Australian market and Captiva fits the bill perfectly, it looks fantastic and offers the kind of flexibility customers demand from these types of
Captiva represents outstanding value for money and at its heart is a Holden-built V6 engine that
ensures the type of performance that our customers expect for Australian conditions. The range of models and choice of five or seven seats will ensure Captiva appeals to a wide variety of people.” he said
Captiva is built at GM’s Bupyeong plant in South Korea. The SUV will be sold in a wide range of markets around the world.
Space is maximised in the Holden Captiva, which comfortably accommodates five or seven people, depending on model. Fold flat seating transforms the vehicle from a family-friendly wagon to a versatile and adaptable load carrier. In SX, CX and LX models, all passenger seats can be folded down to open up 1565 litres of cargo volume. It comes with practical items such as remote operated tailgate glass for quick access (SX, CX, LX), and more than 20 convenient storage solutions depending on model.
Stowaway features include a large wet/dry area beneath the load compartment floor, glovebox cooler, deep centre console bin, rear centre console storage and handy door bins all round. There are drink bottle holders, small item/coin and cup holders, a parking ticket holder, overhead sunglasses compartment, seatback pockets and under-seat storage tray (MaXX). There are three 12-volt power outlets.
Captiva’s driver-orientated cockpit layouts are accented in subtle satin silver and integrated infotainment units feature CD players (six-disc all models except SX) and MP3 compatibility. Tinted windows, power-operated all round, cruise control, power mirrors and air conditioning with particle filter are standard.
Captiva MaXX has a unique instrument cluster and centre console stack, sporty contoured seating and leather-wrap three-spoke steering wheel. Along with Captiva LX, it brings the added luxury of leather-faced charcoal seat and door trim,
eight-way adjustable driver seat, driver information centre graphic display and electronic climate control with air quality sensor.
Driver, front passenger and side curtain airbags are standard on all models except Captiva SX, where driver and front passenger airbags are standard and curtain airbags are optional. Further safety items include pyrotechnic front seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters, sash height adjustable front seatbelts, pedal release system and three child restraint anchor fittings.
A rigid, high-strength body shell is crash-optimised to distribute crash forces over defined load paths and help protect the integrity of the passenger safety cell.
An extensive Australian development program ensured Holden engineers strongly influenced Captiva’s performance and ride and handling characteristics. The result is a refined ride that is comfortable and stable in varying local road conditions.
Captiva’s trim SUV proportions contribute to its feel and manoeuvrability in everyday driving situations. The power steering is tuned for handling response, precise road feel and optimum driver feedback.All models a have four-link independent rear suspension and MacPherson strut up front. Suspension settings have been carefully calibrated to deliver passenger sedan ride refinement and the ability to absorb surface imperfections.
Captiva CX and LX are equipped with a level ride suspension system which automatically maintains nominal ride height under differing load conditions. To align the vehicle with its sporty character, Captiva MaXX has unique damper calibrations and special rebound springs in the front struts for extra body roll control.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) is included as standard on all models. ESP helps prevent skidding in critical driving situations by applying corrective braking and reducing engine torque. An advanced Active Rollover Protection (ARP) system monitors body roll behaviour and averts possible rollover through early brake intervention. On steep downhill gradients, a Descent Control System (DCS) can automatically apply brakes at each wheel and allow the driver to concentrate primarily on steering.
Captiva is also equipped with four-channel ABS, traction control and hydraulic brake assist, which boosts pedal pressure when it detects emergency braking.
The intelligent active all-wheel-drive system that contributes so much to Captiva’s versatile appeal is fully integrated into the ESP and ABS systems, improving vehicle control and active safety. In normal conditions, drive is via the front wheels. When driving conditions dictate, the active all- wheel-drive system instantly employs the rear axle via an electronically controlled electro-magnetic coupling to deliver maximum traction.
An all Australian-built Alloytec V6 engine powers Captiva. The high performance 3.2 litre powerplant was developed especially for this SUV program and is made at Holden’s Global V6 engine facility in Port Melbourne, Australia.
In Captiva SX, CX and LX models, it generates peak power of 169kW and produces 297Nm of peak torque. The equally torquey Captiva MaXX generates 167kw of peak power. The slight power difference is due to a unique exhaust system.
The all-alloy engine has continuously variable camshaft timing on inlet and exhaust valves and a variable intake manifold that enhances performance while reducing fuel consumption. It is matched to a five-speed automatic transmission with Active Select on the shifter. Exhaust emissions comply with the Euro IV standard.
Holden design played a central role in shaping the strikingly stylish Captiva SUV. Its dynamic proportion and visual cues reflect the influences of former Holden Design Director Mike Simcoe and former Holden colleague Max Wolff.
Captiva has a boldly contoured engine hood, large jewelled headlamps and eye-catching grille with the Holden lion featured prominently on the crossbar. In profile, Captiva shows off rugged SUV elements such as bold wheel arches and protective mouldings, countered by chrome highlights and a coupe-style rear window treatment. The strong rear design is dominated by a large tailgate and substantial vertical tail lamps with indicators and reversing lamps contained in a central circular element.
Detailing such as fender vents, roof rails, skid and sill plates, integrated signal lamps in the side mirrors, fog lamps, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel design varies according to model designation. Captiva MaXX has unique design elements that set it apart from the other Captiva models. The lower section of the vehicle looks very robust and the body features bold lines and taut surfaces that combine to give a sporty muscular appearance with stylish elegance.
Captiva SX, CX and LX are available in a choice of seven exterior finishes. MaXX has six.
Metallic paint: $360
Holden Captiva recommended retail pricing Excluding delivery and government charges
Selected Captiva accessories
Captiva SX, LX and CX: October 2006.
Captiva MaXX: November 2006.