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Holden Captiva engine options provide improved performance and fuel economy

The new Series II, Holden Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 models to include high-performing, new-generation gasoline and diesel engines.

Matched to smooth six-speed transmissions and exceptionally competitive pricing, there’s more power on tap across the Captiva range, complemented by fuel efficiency gains on all models.

According to the GM Holden Corporate Affairs news release, the seven-seat Captiva 7, for example, now offers three new powertrain options including a price-leading 2.4 liter four-cylinder petrol variant, a 2.2 liter turbo diesel and the Commodore-proven performance benefits of Holden’s advanced, Australian-built 3.0-litre Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) V6.

Captiva 5 buyers get the choice of a turbo diesel powerplant for the first time, while refinements to all Series II models deliver quieter cabins and improved ride and handling quality.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux, said updates to the Series II Captiva were intended to build on the strengths of an already successful model range in a growing market.

“The introduction of three powerful new generation engines, each providing a performance boost and fuel efficiency benefits will make compact and medium SUV buyers sit up and take notice,” Mr Devereux said.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Each of the three new Captiva engine choices, the 2.4 liter DOHC four-cylinder petrol with variable valve timing;
the 3.0 liter SIDI V6; and the 2.2 liter turbo diesel is paired with a six-speed transmission, which spearhead the Series II line-up.

The new powertrain combinations deliver fuel efficiency savings across the board while generating more performance punch than previous models.

One may wonder, though, why there isn't the new 8-speed transmission offering as with other vehicles. That is the state-of-the-art technology combination.

Still, the Captiva 7 range now includes a two-wheel-drive (2WD) model powered by a 2.4 liter four cylinder petrol engine. It delivers fuel economy of 9.1L/100km (ADR081/02) - the most fuel efficient petrol seven seater in its class, while producing 123kW of power and 230Nm of torque.

The new, perky 2.2 liter turbo diesel SX model, delivers fuel economy of 8.1L/100km, 135kW of power and 400Nm of torque – a 25 per cent increase on its predecessor.

The all-wheel-drive (AWD) Captiva 7 CX and LX models offer a choice of the 2.2 liter turbo diesel or 3.0 litre SIDI V6 powerplants. The 3.0 liter V6 produces 190kW of power and delivers fuel economy of 11.3 L/100km.

Meanwhile, buyers of the Holden Captiva 5 compact SUV may now choose between an AWD 2.2 liter turbo diesel model and a 2WD 2.4 liter four cylinder petrol model which offers 19 per cent more power than the engine it replaces.

About the Author: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks and writes articles, books and ebooks via, but may be contacted here by email: [email protected]

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