THEY will not be on sale in the UK until early spring next year but Chevrolet is giving a motor show preview of its newcomers alongside its present line-up of Matiz, Kalos, Lacetti and Tacuma. models.
And for nostalgia fans, also on the stand will be a 1935 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall – the first ever SUV.
It gives Chevrolet a heritage link being the original and authentic product and celebrates 70 years of Chevrolet SUV production.
The Captiva is the first diesel powered Chevrolet SUV in Europe and will be available with five or seven seats and features an active on-demand all wheel drive system.
Tailored to European tastes, the Captiva will be available with an all-new two-litre, 150bhp common-rail direct-injection diesel or the two-litre petrol.
The diesel engine was developed in co-operation between GM Powertrain and VM in Italy. It is the first application of a family of diesel engines that will later become available in the range of Lacetti five-door, four-door and Station Wagon models.
The suspension settings on the Captiva were developed by General Motors at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire. It was there that the vehicle also undertook a considerable amount of durability testing along with other development programmes and tests specific to the UK.
Chevrolet says the suspension is fully independent for good on-road performance but the ground clearance and wheel travel ensure that the Captiva is more than capable off-road.
The design of the Captiva closely follows the S3X concept that was received with great acclaim at the Paris Motor Show in 2004.
Customers will have the choice between front-wheel drive and an active-on-demand all-wheel-drive system.
It will come in four derivatives: LS five-seat petrol, LT five-seat diesel, LT seven-seat diesel and the top of the range LT ‘Special Model’ seven-seater.
The all-new Epica is an attractively styled mid-size saloon with space for five people and comes with a new two-litre six-cylinder petrol of two-litre diesel power pack.
Chevrlolet says the Epica’s interior sets new standards for Chevrolet passenger cars in Europe with the use of high quality soft feel mouldings with chrome highlights, luxurious leather seat facings, climate control air conditioning and a high power FM tuner/CD system all giving the car a sense of executive luxury but at a bargain price.
Its large boot will swallow up plenty of holiday luggage or the weekend shopping with space to spare.