After grafting a bold new face onto its Captiva back in 2011, Chevrolet has performed another round of cosmetic surgery on its aging seven-seat SUV.

In addition to some minor cosmetic tweaks, Chevrolet has sweetened the deal with some added standard features and options.

The subtle styling updates apply to the bumpers, fog lamp surrounds and grille, and are rounded off by a new set of LED taillights.

As before, buyers can choose between a 2.4-litre (123kW/230Nm) petrol model, in manual or automatic, and a 135kW/400Nm 2.2-litre turbodiesel all-wheel drive variant. The V6 petrol model appears to have been quietly dropped from the range.

On the features front, all models now sport a 'touch-pad' tailgate mechanism and passenger seat belt warning.

Furthermore, the flagship 2.2 turbodiesel LTZ model gains keyless start system (via a start button) as well as illuminated door-sill covers and tyre pressure monitor. Engineers have also tinkered with the final drive ratio of this model to improve acceleration. Hopefully this sorts out the minor turbo lag issue that we noted during our road test last year.

Those opting for the entry-level 2.4 petrol LT model now have the option of boosting the comfort factor with a new 'Luxury Package' that adds an on-board computer and dual-zone climate control to the mix.


2.4 LT FWD manual - R322 100

2.4 LT FWD automatic - R337 900

2.2 LTZ AWD automatic - R443 000