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Captiva meets Territory challenge too
Holden upgrades Captiva to rival fresh medium SUVs from Ford and Toyota
10 Mar 2009
GM HOLDEN has joined Toyota in responding to Ford’s Territory MkII facelift announcement by revealing a realigned Captiva range that comprises fewer model variants, as well as higher prices and more equipment at base level.
Leading the upgraded Captiva’s reinvigorated charge will be the entry-level SX variant, which (like the mid-range CX and top-shelf LX) now comes standard with seven seats, and also gains automatic headlights.
Holden has discontinued the manual version of the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel all-wheel drive SX, while all other SX variants come in for a $1000 price rise, with the Captiva range now kicking off with the front-drive diesel SX manual at $35,490.
Holden says that makes it the most affordable seven-seat medium SUV on the market, while the all-wheel drive diesel automatic SX is priced at $39,490 and the 3.2-litre petrol V6-powered AWD SX auto now costs $38,490.
In the absence of the discontinued petrol-only Captiva Maxx, which was also sourced from Daewoo in Korea but was a smaller model directed at Europe and offering only five seats, the LX is now the Captiva flagship.
LX-spec Captivas gain a reversing camera and leather gearshifter cladding for an extra $500, with the AWD petrol auto now priced at $43,990 and the AWD diesel auto now costing $44,990.
The mid-spec Captiva CX adds automatic headlights for no extra cost, with prices unchanged at $40,490 for the AWD petrol auto and $41,490 for the AWD diesel auto.
Bolstered by diesel-engined versions that now comprise 70 per cent of its sales, Holden’s Captiva outsold Toyota’s top-selling Prado and the petrol-only Territory, which is expected to receive a major engine upgrade in 2010, including diesel power for the first time in January.
After the first two months of 2009, the Captiva is Australia’s best-selling medium SUV with more than 2000 sales, putting it narrowly ahead of Toyota’s Prado and Kluger – a special-edition ‘Altitude’ version of which was announced yesterday – with the once-dominant Territory now a distant fourth in the segment.
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