Sunday, April 23, 2006

Captiva to muscle in on Ford's Territory ?

By Cameron McGavin
March 15, 2006

The Captiva was recently unveiled at the Geneva motor show and is expected to go on sale in Australia from the second half of the year.

As the photo shows, the production Captiva stays true to the theme established by the S3X concept car shown at last month's Melbourne motor show. Pricing, model line-up and final specifications are still some time off, but Holden has scratched out a basic picture.

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The Captiva is 4635 mm long, 1850 mm wide and 1720 mm tall - slightly smaller but well within shouting distance of its Ford competitor.

Power will come from a 3.2-litre version of the all-alloy Global V6 made in Melbourne and used in the Commodore, with drive sent to the ground via an active 4WD system that swaps between front- and all-wheel-drive, depending on conditions.

Like the Territory, the Captiva will be available with flexible seating for either five or seven occupants.

Holden says standard equipment and quality will be strong points, with electronic stability control part of the package.

The Captiva is a global vehicle for General Motors that will be built in Korea but Holden has had a big hand in its design and says it has been tested thoroughly in Australia to ensure it measures up to expectations.

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