The 2020 Chevy Captiva is a compact crossover that entered the new generation with significant changes. You can find similarities with a few other vehicles. The first one is a sibling which also carries a bow-tie badge – Chevrolet Equinox. In Australia, it comes out under the Holden logo. Finally, Captiva is mostly based on the Chinese Baojun 530 compact crossover.
The all-new 2020 Chevy Captiva already had a debut. The vehicle will become available for purchase early in 2020. There are no too many markets for this nameplate since the US carmaker covered it with different versions already. However, the new generation of the crossover debuts with the new engine and styling. Of course, there will be updates, but the main thing is that the 2020 Chevy Captiva is here.
The crossover is going to be very versatile. We already know that two engine choices are available. But experts do believe more units are arriving next year. At this moment, the 2020 Chevy Captiva heads to Thailand only. Other markets claim that nameplate is discontinued. We’ll see about that, though.
New Powertrains for 2020 Chevy Captiva
The only drivetrain we saw during the premiere of the 2020 Chevy Captiva is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with the capability to produce 110 kW. It is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. We believe that gearbox transfers power to front wheels, although the company didn’t make it clear during the premiere. After the debut, a 1.8-liter unit was confirmed. It is a solid link between Captiva and Baojun 530. This engine produces 135 hp and 140 lb-ft for the Chinese crossover.
Well, there are also other options, combined from all vehicles we already mentioned. Before the discontinuation of the first generation, Captiva used three other drivetrains. The entry-level model offered a 2.4-liter EcoTec unit with 165-170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. More power was provided by a 3.0-l V6 – 255 hp and 212 lb-ft. Also, a diesel engine was in the lineup, and we believe the same mill can make a comeback for the 2020 Chevy Captiva. A 2.0-liter VCDi was good for 170 hp and 295 lb-ft of twisting power. It came in pair with a 6-speed Aisin transmission (auto), while petrol variants were using a six-speed 6T40 gearbox.
Baojun 530 can also jump in with help. This crossover offers two different tunings of the 1.5-liter engine. An 110 kW (147 hp) version is confirmed and it is the most powerful one. The other two are delivering 104 kW (140 hp) or 108 kW (145 hp). MultiJet diesel can produce 170 hp and 260 lb-ft. Chevrolet Equinox can borrow its lineup as well. 1.5-liter petrol is creating 170 hp, a 2.0-l unit is good for 252 ponies, while the diesel version is available with 140 hp and 240 pound-feet of torque.
New Styling of 2020 Chevy Captiva
The 2020 Chevy Captiva is different than the model it succeeds. The crossover is sportier and offers advanced features. However, it keeps a seven-seat layout. The compact model really lacks a space inside the cabin, so most experts believe this is wasn’t necessary. Still, a seven-seater is an optional layout, so whoever needs such configuration, Captiva is there.
The vehicle was slim with features and technology, and the new model is going to fix it. Well, do not expect spectacular things about this vehicle for the Thailand market. Designers changed the approach for the 2020 Chevy Captiva. Now, the LED DRLs are under the bonnet line. During the premiere, we could hear that three sectors were in focus – Space, Style, and Technology. The panoramic moonroof is standard for all trim levels.
2020 Chevy Captiva Price and Release Date
The new Captiva debuted, but the sales will start early in 2020. The base price for Thailand will be around 1 million baht (local currency. Converted, it is $32,000). Upper trim levels will go up to $45,000. The premium segment will also offer more features and premium leather interior. We still don’t have info about the appearance in other markets and what name will the new 2020 Chevy Captiva takes in Australia, South America, and the rest of Asia. Wuling Almaz was the Indonesian version in the past, while Indian fans know it as MG Hector.
The competition in the compact segment is pretty tough. However, everything depends on a market where the 2020 Chevy Captiva is going to appear. Nissan Rogue and Toyota Rav4 are some of the best-selling vehicles worldwide, so expect Chevrolet’s crossover to rival them. On the other hand, we also expect news about the hybrid version. Well, Chevy is not among the leaders in this area, but the company needs hybrids to keep up the pace with the class-leading carmakers.