Kuala Lumpur, 23 August 2011 – Naza Quest Sdn Bhd, the importers and distributors of the Chevrolet brand in Malaysia launched the latest version of the Chevrolet Captiva today to the media at their main showroom in Jalan Ampang.
The new Captiva comes with a revamped front mask that is a refreshing change from the outgoing model – the effect is a neat-looking and more elegant demeanour that is in keeping with the times. In simple language – it looks very good, and given the new retail price, it should give the Japanese competitors a run for the customers’ money.
“We at Naza Quest are proud to bring to you the new Chevrolet Captiva. Carrying a new look, improved performance and advanced technologies, it raises the bar for SUV’s in its class,” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Naza Group of Companies Joint Executive Chairman.
“Versatile, luxurious and comfort without sacrificing handling, the new Captiva is developed to meet the needs of the modern day family,” he added.
At this time, only the petrol version is introduced – the diesel version, which is very fuel efficient, will come to our shores by the end of the year. The long distance users will probably wait for the diesel version – the petrol version, which boasts of 162PS at 6,400 rpm, should find itself a place amongst buyers who use it as a city commuter or as a family vehicle. Featuring All-Wheel Drive, and shod on 18 inch wheels, the Captiva promises to be good in road-holding and overall agility. Suspension is independent all round, with coil springs as standard. The rear suspension also has a self-levelling feature to keep the Captiva balanced when loaded up. Keeping up with the latest trends, the Captiva comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, putting it a level above its Japanese competitors.
Seating is five people in normal mode with allowance for cargo – the rear has an additional two fold-flat seats to increase carrying capacity to seven adults – making the Captiva truly versatile, and good for those who have extended families. As a car for mothers to send their kids to school, the Captive would be ideal because of its high driving position, and the flexibility in the number of seats.
The Captiva now comes with additional features which again bring it up a level or two – ESP (Electronic Stability Program) works with TCS (Traction Control System) to help keep drivers on the road in poor conditions. For steep slopes, HDCS (Hill Descent Control System) comes into play. The most useful aid for ladies would be the HAS (Hill Start Assist) which holds the vehicle for 1.5 seconds, giving time for the driver to reach the accelerator pedal after releasing the footbrake to restart whilst stopped on a slope. HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist) detects applied brake force during emergency braking and responds by increasing braking pressure.
Retail price on-the-road without insurance is RM155,385.20 – and considering the features in the package, the Captiva certainly is a worthwhile vehicle to consider. I am certainly looking forward to a test drive.