Holden introduces the 2016 Captiva, in lieu of Captiva 5 & Captiva 7 image

The Chevrolet Captiva sport utility vehicle continues to live on in certain markets, and in Australia it is branded as a Holden – the automaker has just presented there the 2016 model year.

The facelifted Australian Captiva has decided to replace not one but two models – the Captiva 5 and 7 (the five- and seven-seater, respectively) and will reach dealerships in 2016. Because it needs to cater for both segments, it has been based off the larger Captiva 7 and comes packing an entirely new front end with an updated grille and fresh light clusters featuring integrated LED daytime running lights. The side and back treatment is nothing to write home about though and the minor changes policy continues inside the cabin – though Holden did opt for a modified center stack and added a new MyLink infotainment system complete with a seven inch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Five or seven seating configurations are offered as standard and it also comes with a rearview camera to make parking a tad easier. Safety hasn’t been neglected either, as the Captiva boasts amenities such as ark Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, among others.

The powertrain options include choices that have “already proved popular with customers” – which is PR talk for engines that carry over unmodified. These include the 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine churning out 165 bhp (123 kW) and 169 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque and a beefier 3.0-liter V6 mill that spawns 255 bhp (190 kW) and 212 lb-ft (288 Nm) of torque. The diesel front is covered with the 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo delivering 181 bhp (135 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.