According to latest reports, the 2018 Holden Captiva is most likely going to be the last year model of this famous crossover. Although it wears Holden’s badge, it is actually a Korean vehicle, which had its original launch more than a decade ago.
The original model was designed by Korean department, ex Daewoo factory and released in 2006. During all these years, we have seen one big update. In previous years, this model was available both in 5- and 7-seat variants. It was sold not just as Holden, but also under Chevy’s and Opel’s badge, pretty much all around the world.
The company has discontinued a smaller five-seat version, due to the arrival of new Acadia. The bigger version will probably also end its production soon, most likely as 2018 Captiva. Since there are no future plans for this vehicle, we definitely won’t see bigger changes for the next year.
2018 Holden Captiva redesign
This crossover is pretty old, so there is not much space for some bigger improvements. However, its outdated design didn’t stop Holden’s engineers to raise its quality to the quite competitive level. So far, we have seen one big update, but even that was six years ago. After that, we saw some smaller tweaks during these years, but the base shape still remains pretty familiar. Although it definitely won’t be among most attractive models in the class, we predict some decent sales results even in the last year of production. After all, many car drivers don’t necessarily buy a modern car with latest technology achievements. The 2018 Holden Captiva will be a perfect alternative, due to its quite affordable price, lower costs of maintenance, and also a lower risk of some unforeseen malfunctions.
2018 Holden Captiva key features
Despite its age, the 2018 Holden Captiva will come with a decent list of standard features. All models come with standard features like a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, smartphone integration, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. If you are for some mid-level model, there is an LT trim, which adds standard features like bigger 18-inch wheels, roof rails, sunroof and similar sorts of things.
However, if you want to spend even more money, there is an LTZ trim, which comes with standard features like 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, as well as safety features like front parking sensors, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert etc.
Speaking of safety, every Captiva comes with Anti-lock brakes, stability control, six airbags, a reversing camera, Auto-on headlights, and LED daytime running lights.
2018 Holden Captiva engines
The 2018 Holden Captiva will come with three engines in the offer. If you are for some more fuel-efficient version, there is a 2.2-liter diesel unit. It is good for about 160 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Besides a decent amount of power, this engine also features great fuel economy. It goes around 28 mpg in a combined ride.
If you are for some lower purchasing amount of money, there is a 2.4-liter gasoline engine, which is good for about 138 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque. Despite lower fuel economy and less power, this engine definitely features lowest maintenance costs.
Finally, there is a large 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine in the offer. It offers the best driving quality thanks to its 255 horses and 212 pound-feet of torque. However, its fuel economy numbers aren’t so impressive. In a combined ride, it returns just around 16 miles.
2018 Holden Captiva release date and price
The 2018 Holden Captiva is already available, with the starting price of 30.500 Australian Dollars. On the other side, best-equipped versions go over 40.000 AUD.
Competition in the segment is pretty tough. Key players on the market are SUVs like Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan X-Trail, Kia Sorento and others.