2020 Chevrolet Captiva debuts in GCC, as rebadged MG Hector
A surprise debut at the 2019 Dubai Motor Show was the 2020 Chevrolet Captiva. We didn’t quite realise what model it is until we saw the “Captiva” badge on the tailgate. It’s a decent-looking compact crossover, but it wasn’t until later that it’s really a rebadged MG Hector after a reader alerted us.
Built in China by the SAIC-GM-Wuling partnership for our market, the new Captiva has been in the news in India as the newly-launched MG Hector. It is also sold in some Asian markets as the Wuling Almaz and the Baojun 530. It is already a fixture in South America and South-East Asia for the past year.
The GCC version is powered by a 149 hp 1.5-litre turbo with 255 Nm of torque, mated to a CVT and front-wheel-drive. Differing wildly from the old Korean-built model, it is actually almost the same size as before, and still retains 3 rows of seating, although the third row is an option.
The base LS gets 5 seats in black cloth (optional 7 seats), cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch touchscreen, rear camera with sensors, four speakers, USB ports in all rows, LED daytime running lights, a/c ventilation controls in 2nd-row seats, ESP, front airbags, tyre-pressure monitor, and front/rear fog lights.
The LT adds smart key with push-button start, shark fin antenna, front-side airbags, sunroof, auto a/c, 6 speakers and chrome trim.
The Premier adds 17-inch premium alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, six-way electrically adjustable driver seat, 7-inch multi-function gauges screen, front parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, an electronic parking brake, and what appears to be upgraded rear multilink suspension.
We expect the new model to reach showrooms in the first few months of 2020, possibly starting at an estimated Dhs 75,000 as it falls in size between the Trax and the Equinox.