Johannesburg - General Motors SA has introduced an enhanced Chevrolet Captiva for the 2016 model year.

First introduced in South Africa in 2007 and having sold more than 16 400 units here, the updated seven-seater SUV gets a fresh look with a new grille and front fascia to fit in with the latest Chevrolet family look. The headlamps have LED daytime running lights with automatic on and off.

All three models come with Argent or body-colour accent cladding depending on the body colour selected. The facelift is completed with 18” alloy wheels and integrated side steps.

Inside, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7” touchscreen takes pride of place. This second-generation MyLink has improved connectivity, including phone projection technology which allows users with compatible smartphones the ability to project some of their phone’s apps and functions onto the screen of the car’s infotainment system.

Further changes to the interior include a new leather steering wheel and an all-new dashboard and instrument cluster.

Standard features across the range include an on-board computer, electronically-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, rear-park assist, cruise control, keyless entry and keyless start, hill-descent control and hill-start assist.

In addition, the Captiva offers plenty of storage space with 477 litres of cargo capacity, expanding to 942 litres with the seats folded down

As before, the Captiva is available in front-wheel-drive only in a choice of either the 123kW/230Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine or a 135kW/400Nm 2.2 turbodiesel. Claimed performance figures for the 2.4 LT FWD with the manual transmission are 0 to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 190 km/h, while figures for the six-speed auto are respectively 11 seconds and 181 km/h.

Fuel consumption is rated at 8.8 litres per 100km.

The 2.2 diesel, only available as a six-speed auto, is good for a claimed 0-100 in 9.8 seconds and 192km/h top speed, and sips a factory-quoted 7.8 litres per 100km.

Continuously variable damping adjusts to give the best ride to suit varying road conditions. The Chevrolet Captiva has a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating and comes standard with electronic stability control, ABS brakes, trailer-stability assist and front, side and curtain airbags.

PRICES

2.4 LT FWD manual - R396 600

2.4 LT FWD auto - R415 500

2.2 D LT FWD auto - R431 300

Prices include a 5-year/120 000km warranty and 3-year/60 000km service plan.