What’s a new Saturn VUE doing on General Motors’ display stand at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show? Technically, it’s not a Vue, but the 2012 Chevrolet Captiva – a badge-engineered Vue that’s only being sold to fleet customers.
We first reported on the 2012 Captiva last spring, but seeing as General Motors doesn’t display its commercial vehicle portfolio at most auto shows, we never saw one in person. Sinces trucks and commercial vehicles play a surprisingly prominent role at the Chicago Auto Show, General Motors decided to tuck several vehicles – including a new Captiva – in the back corner of its display.
Apart from the trademark Chevy split grille and bowtie emblems, the Captiva looks the same as, say, a 2008 Saturn VUE. It seems General Motors hasn’t changed all that much: in fact, the biggest differences rest in the engine compartment, as the 2012 Captiva shares its engine choices with the 2012 Chevy Equinox. Both a 182-hp, direct-injection 2.4-liter I-4, and a 264-hp, direct-injection 3.0-liter V-6 are available; either choice is available only with a six-speed automatic transmission.
We get that General Motors is strapped for production capacity for the Chevy Equinox, but it still strikes us a little odd to revive the Vue, even for a limited market. Regardless, if commercial clients bite, look for a brand-new-old Vue – er, 2012 Chevrolet Captiva – in a rental fleet near you.
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