This as I’m sure you know is an Opel Antara. What General Motors does is import it to the U.S. and put a Chevrolet badge on it. There you have it, the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport.
The original Chevrolet Captiva looks substantially different than this model. They’re actually doing this for a bigger share of the growing crossover market. This is not a bad idea since it’s an easier way of importing the Antara to Amercia and giving customers a new choice. The U.S.-specific version comes with a comprehensive range of features and amenities and uses fuel efficient European engines.
The Captiva Sport can be had with 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. It will become available from the fourth quarter of 2011 in LS and LT models, with four trim packages, including an all-wheel-drive model (LTZ).
Standard features on all models include 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. The V6-powered LT and LTZ models also get 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.
“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 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.”