GM hasn’t given up on the Chevrolet Captiva soft roader which is suffering from poor demand in several markets including India. Patent sketches of 2016 Chevrolet Captiva facelift have emerged online, giving us a clear idea on the cosmetic changes.
The car has gotten long in the tooth and the rivals have upped the game by several notches. What the Captiva needs is a vastly improved successor but GM has settled for a minor facelift instead.
The enhancements are concentrated on the front fascia which receives a modern dual-port grille with smaller upper partition and chrome slats for the lower partition. The restyled headlamp clusters now incorporate daytime running lights. The new bumper houses simple circular fog lamps and a silver skid plate.
Nothing much has changed in profile but expect a new alloy wheel design. Save for the new bumper with twin circular tailpipes and silver diffuser, the rear fascia too has been retained unaltered. Going by the magnitude of exterior changes, interiors are expected to undergo only subtle nips and tucks.
The current Chevrolet Captiva is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine which produces 186.5 PS and 400 Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a 6-speed MT or an AT. Both FWD and AWD variants are on offer. The powertrain lineup is likely to be carried forward without any changes.
According to industry stats, GM India has managed to sell 1 unit (yes, just one) of the soft roader in the last six months. A minor facelift is not going to change things drastically. Now that the Trailblazer is here to cover the premium SUV segment, we may see GM India discontinuing the Captiva sooner than later.
2017 Chevrolet Captiva facelift – Photos
Via – Autoguide.com