2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport


Chevrolet apparently wants an even bigger share of the crossover segment in America. They already have a bunch of contenders under their various nameplates, but decided to also bring the Opel Antara into the game.

To do so they will rebadge it in the U.S. as Chevrolet Captiva Sport, tweak the looks a bit and add more features.

The Antara could be a nice choice for those looking for a more European-like crossover which features European-like fuel efficient engines as well. It comes with a 2.4-litre direct injected 4-cylinder -182 HP (136 kW) and 233 Nm of torque -and a 3.0-litre direct injected V6 – 264 HP (197 kW) and 301 Nm of torque. They will only offer the six-speed automatic gearbox in America. Obviously, Americans are baffled by manual gear shift!

Chevrolet Captiva Sport 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport

Chevrolet offers the car in two or four-wheel-drive formats and different trims with different level of equipments. But the base model is very well-equipped and comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, XM Satellite Radio, six-speaker sound system, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, air conditioning, power locks and windows (with driver’s express down) and remote keyless entry.

Press Release:

Chevrolet will introduce the Captiva Sport, a new entry to the U.S market, later this year to help satisfy growing demand for compact crossovers by fleet customers. The Captiva Sport is a variant of the globally successful Chevrolet Captiva compact crossover.

Variants of the compact crossover are sold in more than 50 markets across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America.  The U.S.-specific version will give fleet customers a contemporary five-seat crossover with a comprehensive range of features and amenities, and will also address their need for roominess, utility and fuel efficiency.

“It says a lot about our ability to draw on international programs and proven, quality crossovers that we were able to identify and federalize a strong new entrant such as Captiva Sport for the U.S. market,” said Alan Batey, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service.  “We turned to our global network for a solution to quickly meet the rising demand from local fleet customers and continue to meet strong retail demand for the Equinox.”

The Captiva Sport will be available for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2011, as a 2012 model.

The Chevrolet Equinox continues to show strong retail sales growth, with retail sales up 98 percent in February compared with the same month last year.  Chevrolet expects sales retail sales to remain strong, in part due to its 32 mpg highway fuel economy rating, higher than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.

The Captiva Sport features either an Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder or 3.0L direct-injected V-6 engine – each matched with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Because the crossover is based on a proven GM global architecture, only minor revisions are required to meet federal standards, allowing Chevrolet to fast-track the Captiva Sport for the United States.

The Captiva Sport will be offered in LS and LT models, with four trim packages, including an all-wheel-drive model (LTZ). All models feature 17-inch aluminum wheels, XM Satellite Radio, six-speaker sound system, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, air conditioning, power locks and windows (with driver’s express down) and remote keyless entry.

Uplevel LT and LTZ models include the V-6 engine (with dual exhaust), along with OnStar and Bluetooth phone connectivity. A rear-view camera and leather trim package – including leather-trimmed and heated front seats – are standard on LTZ and available on other trims. The LTZ trim also includes a 10-speaker sound system and a sunroof.

“The range of features offered by the Captiva Sport is as rich as any Chevrolet vehicle,” said Batey. “Our fleet customers will find it to be a versatile vehicle that gives them the cargo capacity they need, in a fuel efficient package that will help keep their ownership costs in check.”

Under the skin

At the core of the Captiva Sport is a European-inspired driving character, with a stiff, steel body-frame integral structure complemented by a MacPherson strut independent front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension. An isolated engine cradle enhances quietness and contributes to a smooth ride.

Standard on all models are four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control – systems that work together to provide outstanding vehicle control

In addition to handling features such as StabiliTrak that help drivers avoid crashes, the Captiva Sport helps protect occupants with its high-strength steel structure and a long list of standard occupant-protection safety features. Dual-stage front-seat air bags, front-seat side thorax air bags and rollover capable head curtain air bags covering front and rear rows are standard on all models.

Other standard safety features include front-row safety belt pretensioners, Pedal Release System that decouples the brake pedal in a crash to avoid injuries, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system, automatic power door locks and side turn signal lamps.

PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Model: Captiva Sport (LS and LT)
Body style / driveline: 5-door, 5-passenger front engine transaxle, FWD, AWD compact sport-utility vehicle
Construction: steel body-frame integral
EPA vehicle class: sport utility vehicle
Manufacturing location: Ramos Arizpe, Mexico

Engines

Type: 2.4L DOHC I-4 DI 3.0L DOHC V-6 DI
Displacement (cu in / cc): 145 / 2384 183 / 2994
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98 3.50 x 3.15 / 89 x 80.2
Block material: cast aluminum sand-cast aluminum with cast-in bore liners
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder; variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder; variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control direct sequential fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 11.4:1 11.7:1
Horsepower
(hp / kW @ rpm):
182 / 136 @ 6700 264 / 197 @ 6950
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 172 / 233 @ 4900 222 / 301 @ 5100
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded regular unleaded
Emissions controls: close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O 2 sensor close-coupled catalytic converters; Quick-Sync 24x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; fast-response O2 sensor
Estimated fuel economy
(city / hwy):
TBD TBD

Transmissions

Type: Hydra-Matic 6T45 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range select Hydra-Matic 6T50 six-speed automatic electronically controlled with electronic range select
Application: 2.4L 3.0L
Gear ratios: (:1):
First: 4.58 4.58
Second: 2.96 2.96
Third: 1.91 1.91
Fourth: 1.45 1.45
Fifth: 1.00 1.00
Sixth: 0.75 0.75
Reverse: 2.94 2.94
Final drive ratio: 3.23 3.23

Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent, strut-type with specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (27-mm with all engines)
Rear: independent, trailing arm with three lateral locating links and one trailing link, indirect-acting stabilizerbar, specifically tuned coil springs
Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type: 2.4L: specifically calibrated hydraulic-power-assisted (HPS) rack-and-pinion
3.0L: specifically calibrated hydraulic-power-assisted (HPS) rack-and-pinion
Steering ratio: 2.4L: 17.2:1
3.0L: 17.2:1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock: 2.4L: 2.7
3.0L: 2.7
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 40 / 12.2

Brakes

Type: front and rear vented disc with power assist and ABS; traction control and stability control; dual piston caliper front/single piston caliper rear
Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm): front: 11.7 x 1.14 / 296 x 29
rear: 11.9 x .78 / 303 x 20
Total swept area
(sq cm):
front: 67
rear: 38

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type: 17 x 7-inch aluminum alloy
Tires: P235/60R17

Dimensions
Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm): 106.6 / 2707
Overall length (in / mm): 180.1 / 4576
Overall width (in / mm): 72.8 / 1850
Overall height (in / mm): 67 / 1704
Track (in / mm): front: 61.4 / 1562
rear: 61.8 / 1572
Minimum ground clearance
(in / mm):
7.8 / 200
Step-in height (in / mm): front: 17.8 / 453
rear: 18.0 / 458
Approach angle (degrees): 18.2
Departure angle (degrees): 22.7
Curb weight (lb / kg): 2.4L: TBD
3.0L: TBD
Weight distribution (% front / rear): 58 / 42

Interior

Front Rear
Seating capacity: 2 3
Headroom (in / mm): 40.2 / 1023 39.3 / 1000
Legroom (in / mm): 40.7 / 1036 36.9 / 939
Hip room 52.6 / 1338 52.9 / 1344
Shoulder room (in / mm): 56.0 / 1424 55.9 / 1422

Capacities

EPA interior volume: (cu ft / L): 126.9 / 3596
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 56.4 / 1598 (behind front seat)
29.2 / 827 (behind second-row seat at normal position
Passenger volume (cu ft / L): 97.7 / 2769 (est.)
Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg): 2.4L: 1500 / 680
3.0L: 3500 / 1588
Fuel tank (gal / L): FWD: 19.2 / 73
AWD: 16.7 / 63
Engine oil (qt / L): 2.4L: 5.0 / 4.7
3.0L: 6.0 / 5.7
Cooling system (qt / L):

2.4L: 9.0 / 8.5
3.0L: 10 / 9.5
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