Following the international debut of the refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Captiva last month in Mexico, the compact crossover is ready for export to the North American country, which will become the nameplate’s main market worldwide. The second-generation Captiva, based on the Baojun 530, is currently only manufactured in China, which will supply dozens of emerging countries around the world.
SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW), General Motors’ second joint venture in China, has just announced the production start of the latest variant of Baojun’s crossover, rebadged as the Chevrolet Captiva, and confirmed that Mexico will be the first market to receive the updated model. As such, the new 2022 Captiva boasts a front-end redesign, a new 10.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and a fully digital instrument panel.
In fact, the first 500-unit batch of the 2022 Chevrolet Captiva destined for the Mexican market is already in the port of the city of Guangzhou, where it will soon receive the final permits to ship and head off to Mexico. The first vessel bound for the Latin country is expected to leave in early January and, once on dry land, preparations will begin for the local launch of the 2022 Captiva during the first half of the new year.
As GM Authority exclusively reported earlier this year, the automaker also confirmed that Mexico will be the largest export market for the Baojun 530, sold as the Chevrolet Captiva. The crossover is currently sold in various countries of the world under four brands: Baojun (China), Wuling (Indonesia), Chevrolet (South America and the Middle East) and MG (India).
SGMW stated that since the start of its export to international markets as the Chevrolet Captiva in early 2019, the Baojun 530 has been successfully exported to some 21 countries around the world wearing the Bow Tie emblem. Counting the units sold as the Wuling Almaz and the MG Hector, exports for the 530 amount to 96,584 units so far, making it one of the most successful Chinese crossovers internationally.
The refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Captiva will go on sale in Mexico during the first half of 2021, which will further expand the solid portfolio of the Bow Tie brand’s utility in that country. Like the rest of the of countries where it is currently marketed, the Captiva is expected to be positioned between the all-new Chevrolet Tracker and the Equinox, boasting the spaciousness and capacity to carry up to seven passengers as one of its main selling points.