After its global debut at the end of last year at the 2018 Bogota International Motor Show in Colombia, the new Chevrolet Captiva has now officially launched in the GM South America West subregion. GM has elected to market the rebadged Baojun 530 crossover utility vehicle as the Chevrolet Captiva Turbo in the markets of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay. At the moment, the vehicle is not expected to be commercialized in Brazil or Argentina.
The launch comes on the heels of Chevrolet having recently introduced the new utility vehicle in Thailand during the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show, announcing that it will go on sale in that country sometime in the second half of this year.
The South American launch of the second-generation Chevrolet Captiva took place in Peru’s coastal city of Paracas. Peru will become the second market in the world where this SUV will be available following Chile. Sales start in Peru in May and in Ecuador in June. In Colombia, Uruguay and Bolivia, the new Captiva will go on sale at the end of 2019.
The new Chevrolet Captiva Turbo is positioned between the Tracker (currently a rebadged Trax) and Equinox. Despite having very little GM or Chevrolet DNA as a result of being a rebadged Baojun from China, the new Captiva features a modern design and a spacious cabin. Its standout feature is an optional 7-passenger seating configuration in the range-topping version, as the model is practically the only one in its category that offers a third row of seats.
“We are confident that the all-new Chevrolet Captiva Turbo will be a winning product as we write the brand’s success story”, said president of GM South America, West, Ernesto Ortiz, in a statement translated from Spanish by GM Authority.
“We are the undisputed sales leader in the region and with this launch, we confirm once again that Chevrolet is betting on the Colombian market and on South America. The Chevrolet Captiva is a new truck that reflects the philosophy of a Chevrolet SUV. It will be a key piece in our long-term strategy for brand growth and market participation in Colombia, “he said.
The all-new Chevrolet Captiva aims to meet the expectations of customers when it comes to handling and performance. Under the hood is a turbo-charged 1.5L gasoline engine that generates 145 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The boosted four-banger will be the only option available for all versions of the new Chevrolet Captiva Turbo. It can be coupled to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
Additionally, the new Chevrolet Captiva Turbo comes with a long list of equipment, including LED headlights, two-tone 17-inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. In terms of safety, the compact Chevy crossover SUV includes 6 airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, traction control, backup camera along with front and rear parking/proximity sensors.
The new Chevrolet Captiva Turbo will be imported into South America from China, where it is currently produced and sold as the Baojun 530. Prices, trim levels and their corresponding equipment levels will vary by markeet