Say hello to the next Chevrolet Captiva, sort of

The Chevrolet Captiva has been around for ages. Time for a new one? You bet, and here it is, albeit in the shape of the recently revealed and ‘all-new from the ground up’ 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. What does an Equinox have to do with the Captiva? Good question, but both the previous Equinox and our current Captiva shared GM’s Theta platform which, in the interest of globalisation, makes them prime targets for efficiency boosting model consolidation.

So while GM are yet to confirm exact details, the 2018 Equinox gives us a more than handy preview of the next Captiva including its new Cruze-inspired front styling, all-new platform and suite of safety and camera-based driving aids.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The complete redesign has allowed GM’s engineers to trim overall mass by around 180kg plus repackage the rear seat design to boost maximum cargo volume to just shy of 1800 litres. A trio of powertrains comprises a 1.5- and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel. The 1.5 is good for 127kW while the 2.0-litre produces 188kW of power plus sufficient torque to allow GM to rate its towing capacity at 1585kg – the same as the current V6.

A nine-speed automatic transmission ups the gear count dramatically although only available with the 2.0-litre for now. The variable-geometry turbodiesel motor sports figures of 110kW and 320Nm and features stop-start tech.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox goes on sale in the US mid-way through 2017 so don’t expect to drive an all-new Captiva off to your Drakensburg retreat any time before 2018.