Six months after its regional presentation last November, the new Chevrolet Captiva is finally arriving in the Middle East. General Motors reported that the Chevy crossover, which is actually a rebadged Baojun 530, is already available at dealerships, and seeks to complement the brand’s utility vehicle portfolio in addition to become one of its best-selling models in that region.
Unlike the current market strategy in South America, where it’s positioned between the Chevrolet Tracker (currently a rebadged Trax) and the Equinox, the all-new Chevrolet Captiva is the brand’s entry-level crossover in the Middle East countries. This not only makes it Chevrolet’s most economical utility vehicle, but also one of the most accessible seven-seat crossovers in Southwest Asia.
“The wait for the all-new Chevrolet Captiva is finally over. The reception following the vehicle’s regional debut last November got us very excited and we were really looking forward to seeing it hit the roads, here in the Middle East,” said Regional Head of Chevrolet, Farah Amhaz, in a statement. “With its cutting-edge styling, enviable interior space with up to seven seats, high fuel efficiency and smart technologies, Chevrolet Captiva is a perfect match for the region’s busy families looking for the ultimate companion at an affordable price. We are confident the all-new Captiva will quickly become a firm favorite in our lineup,” he concluded.
In the Middle East, the 2021 Chevrolet Captiva is available exclusively in LT and Premier trim levels with two- or three-row seat variants. The crossover seeks to attract many customers in the region thanks to its large vehicle formula for a small price, capable of offering ample cargo space and room for up to seven passengers to transport the whole family with a good level of comfort.
Under the hood, it’s equipped with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 145 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the only powertrain the new Chevrolet Captiva offers in all international markets where it is marketed. For Middle East countries, this engine can only be coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which helps it provide a fuel efficiency of 7.5 L/100 km (or 31.5 mpg).
The new 2021 Chevrolet Captiva is now on sale at the brand’s dealer network throughout the Middle East, with extensive connectivity equipment, active safety technologies and a total of five exterior color options: Aurora Silver, Starry Twinkle Black, Earth Brown, Candy White and Glaze Red. Prices vary by country, and are found on Chevrolet Arabia’s website.