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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured what is believed to be the final update for the ageing Chevrolet Captiva, known as the Holden Captiva 7 in Australia.

The 2015 Captiva will become the fourth iteration of General Motors’ current-generation large SUV following its initial launch in 2006 and subsequent facelifts in 2011 and 2013.

GM’s engineers have gone to some lengths to disguise the updated Captiva’s face, covering the panels forward of the A-pillars with black and white camouflage wrap and heavy black cladding.


It seems some – if not all – of the grille, front bumper and lower intakes, headlights and foglights, and bonnet will be tweaked slightly to refresh the front-end.

Rear of the A-pillars the Captiva test vehicle is unchanged from the current model, suggesting either the updated model will carry over as before or the spied car is an early prototype lacking the complete changes of the vehicle headed for showrooms.


Though not visible in these shots, the 2015 update is also expected to include enhancements inside, likely focusing on infotainment system improvements and fresh trim materials.

CarAdvice has contacted Holden for more information on the facelifted model, and will update the story when we hear more.

The facelift will almost certainly stretch the life of the Captiva by another two years, suggesting we’re not likely to see an all-new model until 2016 at the earliest.

The second-generation Captiva is expected to be based on GM’s new global D2XX/D2UX platform that is also set to underpin the next-generation Astra and Cruze small cars, among others.