We all know about the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and its current exclusivity to the boys and girls in blue. In a similar move, Chevrolet plans on launching a compact crossover for the U.S. market that you may someday drive, but will never be able to buy from your local dealership. Introducing the U.S.-bound Chevy “Captiva”.
Despite this Theta II-based compact crossover being called the Chevrolet Captiva, it bears no similarities to the global Captiva at all (oops). The car is in fact, literally, a Saturn Vue with a Chevy grille and badge. Some may also look at it as an Opel Antara, either way it doesn’t change a thing.
Like the late Vue and larger Equinox, the Captiva will feature either the 2.4L four-cylinder ECOTEC or the 3.0L LF1 V6 as a powerplant. The former produces 182 horsepower with 136 pounds-feet of torque while the latter makes 264 horsepower and 197 pounds-feet of torque. Trim levels will come in traditional LT, LS and LTZ flavors.
Expect the Captiva to be offered by rental car companies by the fourth quarter of this year as a 2012 model.
Update: make sure to read our Opinion Desk piece about why the Chevy Captiva is pure genius.