With the launch of the Trailblazer Chevrolet announced the discontinuation of another SUV from their product line-up, the Captiva. The company had launched an updated version of the low selling Captiva back in March and at that time it had a price tag of Rs 25.13 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Captiva was powered by a 2.2 litre diesel mill which churns out 186.5 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. It gets a 6 speed manual transmission with a two wheel drive system, while the all-wheel drive gets a 6 speed automatic gearbox.
Usually in the case of a new model launch a company experiences an increase in sales but that was not the case with the Captiva. The financial year 2014-15 saw 57 units of Captiva moving out of their showrooms. This year the tally has been even more embarrassing with just 11 units getting sold in the time period between April and September 2015.
It seems Chevrolet has tried the crossover Captiva for long and they feel its the right time to taste waters with a proper ladder frame SUV. Axing of Captiva will also prevent any cannibalization within the lineup against the Trailblazer.