HOLDEN Captiva Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 3
First production year: 2006
Engines: Diesel, Gasoline
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
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The Holden Captiva is a compact crossover SUV and was first produced in 2006. The same car was also called the Chevrolet Captiva or the Opel Antara on different markets.

The Captiva model comes in two gasoline engine versions, one with a displacement of 2.4 liters developing 167 hp (either connected with a 5-Speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic gearbox) and a 3.0-liter with 190 hp and one diesel version of 2.2-liter with 136 hp. The customers can choose from two available driving options, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

The new revised design of the Holden Captiva is defined by a sense of practicality with style, through the new front grille, LED Daytime Running Lamps and new front fascia. All of them create a fresh appeal for the Captiva model.

Amongst a range of other updates, the car benefits from the latest automotive technology upgrades and safety features, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Park Assist, and ISOFIX child seat compatibility.

The new Holden Captiva comes with a 7-inch color touch screen, steering wheel controls and voice command technology, which are meant to facilitate more effortless driving for its customers. The car is available with both five and seven-seat options and with the Lifetime Capped Price Service program, customers can enjoy stress-free utilization.

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The first generation of the Holden Captiva received a refresh after five years on the market, and it received more power and new styling.

GM Korea developed an SUV based on the GM Theta platform, and the result was so good that it was sold worldwide from Korea to the U.S., Australasia, and Europe wearing different badges. Holden had its share and sold the compact SUV under the Captiva. It managed to cross the world financial crisis with the vehicle still in its offer. In 2011, the Captiva Series II appeared on the market.

The Captiva's new angular headlights contrasted with the rounded shape of the upper grille, but somehow they matched nicely together. A broader, taller grille found its way into the lower bumper area. There were some chromed areas, but not too many to scream for attention. A new set of turn-signals found their way onto the door-mirrors. There was a new design for the taillights in the rear, with clear lenses, and repositioned reversing lights.

Inside, the Captiva offered up to seven seats. The last row was available as an option, and it was designed for adults, even though they couldn't spend too much time there without pains and complaints. There was a new dashboard design, a new 4-spoke steering wheel, and a new infotainment system.

GM installed a completely new, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine under the hood. It provided 32 more hp than the 2.0-liter turbodiesel fitted on the non-facelifted version. More important was the 6-speed automatic gearbox, which helped the car gains a better fuel-efficiency. The Captiva also received the improved versions for the 2.4-liter and 3.2-liter gasoline engines.

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The Holden Captiva was actually a rebadged Daewoo Windstorm that was built in South Korea. It was the Koreans’ new weapon in their attempt to conquer compact SUV segment on the market.

Despite its Australian badge, the Captiva was actually made in Korea and one of its strongest points was the attractive price.

Having a large size of 4.63 m long, the Captiva featured a giant wheelbase that offered a spacious interior that could accommodate up to 7 occupants.

Inside, the cabin was cheerful and built with good quality materials. The standard equipment offered represented a good choice.

Access to the third row was easy with the bench that folded up, while the seats in the third row could be extracted from the floor by just one gesture.

The Captiva was mostly designed for larger families’ trips, as it was not in its element in the city. The SUV was fairly wide and felt uncomfortable in narrow alleys.

In 2006, the Chevrolet Captiva was available in 3 trim levels: SX, CX and LX.

The standard features available with the Holden Captiva were ABS, ESC, seatbelt pre-tensioners and driver and passenger frontal airbags.

Under the hood, the Captiva had an Australian-built Alloytec 3.2 V6 engine paired with a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

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