The second generation of Captiva arrived a few years ago in a little bit unusual form but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about is there any chance to see this model in North America again. According to some unofficial reports, there is. Moreover, a couple of our insiders claim that the 2021 Chevy Captiva is ready and all-set to captivate SUV enthusiasts. In any case, we will consider the possibilities of a new model and its arrival in one of the most demanding markets in the world.
Of course, we are talking about the second—generation Captiva, which is currently sold in South America, even though we are actually talking about a model that comes from a completely different company. This is a rebadged version of a model that is called Baojun 530, which comes from China, and it is sold in different parts of the world.
2021 Chevy Captiva Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the current-generation Captiva is heavily based on the Baojun 530, as we already mentioned. Moreover, it is pretty much a rebadged version, which comes with just a couple of visual tweaks. Other than that, things are pretty much the same. This is a quite typical compact crossover, which measures around 108.3 inches in wheelbase and nearly 185 inches in overall length. That’s slightly longer compared to most compact crossovers. So, many believe there is actually a chance to see this model in North America, where it would be slotted between the Equinox and Blazer.
Mechanically, this model doesn’t have too many things in common with other Chevrolet models. It rides on a Chinese platform and features a pretty interesting suspension setup, which makes this model quite nice to drive.
Considering that this model is primarily available in developing countries of South America, it’s no wonder that the interior quality isn’t particularly high, even by Chevy’s standards. Most of the cabin features hard plastics, but that’s one of the reasons why this model is quite affordable. The price could be a big trump if this model is about to arrive in North America. Another trump would be the fact that this is one of the rare compact crossovers that is available with three rows of seats. Base versions come with two, but an upgrade for seven passengers is available. Of course, the third row isn’t particularly spacious. Still, it is definitely a practical thing, especially for large families with small kids.
2021 Chevy Captiva Engines
This is one of the aspects where it becomes obvious that Captiva has almost nothing in common with other Chevrolet models. The Chinese manufacturer uses engines from different carmakers, but none of them is from GM. We have no doubt that the 2021 Chevy Captiva comeback would include some new engine options in the offer. Still, it’s hard to tell if it would come from GM or again from some other company.
Currently, this model comes in three variants, when it comes to engines. The base engine is a pretty familiar 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit, which puts out around 150 horsepower. It was initially developed by Suzuki and Daewoo. There is also an engine that comes from Toyota. We are talking about a well-known 1.8-liter ZZ engine. In this case, delivers 138 horsepower and probably is the best choice for this crossover.
Interestingly, the current-generation Captiva can come in a diesel variant. This time, the engine comes from Italy. We are talking about a well-known 2.0-liter MultiJet turbodiesel, which in this case features a max output of 170 horsepower.
Is there a chance to see the 2021 Chevy Captiva in North America?
At this point, it’s really hard to tell. Still, if Chevy plans to offer Captiva in this part of the world, we presume that certain modifications would be required. For example, more powerful engine options would be nice. Furthermore, we would expect to see upgrades on the inside, in terms of materials and features. On the other side, we probably wouldn’t see any particular styling changes. Except, some tweaks in terms of wheels, grille and similar things. More details should come soon.