Holden SUV closer

words - Gautam Sharma
Holden's new SUV is set to be unveiled -- with Opel badges

We won’t see it on Australian roads until mid-year, but GM’s all-new SUV -- codenamed C100 -- is set to make its Euro debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.

Destined to wear 'Captiva' badges in overseas markets with both Chevrolet and Opel nameplates, Holden is still being cagey about the moniker it has in mind for the Ford Territory rival

“I could tell you (the name), but then I’d have to kill you,” Holden boss Denny Mooney joked to CarPoint at last October’s Sydney motor show.

The vehicle will be a much-needed addition to Holden’s line-up as the Commodore-based Adventra has failed to capture the imagination of buyers in the burgeoning SUV segment.

Like the Territory, the C100 (plated as S3X at the Sydney Show) will be offered in five and seven-seat configurations and in 2WD and AWD formats.

The Daewoo-built wagon is 217mm shorter and 49mm narrower than the Ford, but it features a more space-efficient transverse-engine layout, so it may offer similar levels of interior space.

Overseas-spec models will be offered with a choice of three engines, starting with a 2.4-litre inline DOHC four-cylinder, with 106kW/220Nm and claimed fuel consumption of 10.8lt/100km. There’s also a high-tech turbodiesel with 112kW/310Nm and a claimed fuel usage figure of 8.1lt/100km.

The range-topper is powered by a Holden-sourced Alloytec 3.2-litre V6 that produces 168kW at 6000rpm and 302Nm at 3500rpm.

Which engines will we get? Holden isn’t saying as yet, but the two petrol engines are a dead cert, while the diesel may follow in due course. Holden boss Denny Mooney says there is, at least for now, a perception in the minds of some buyers that diesel is [still] a dirty, smelly fuel.

GM claims the C100’s AWD system uses an electronically-controlled electro-magnetic coupling to give maximum traction when needed. The system also seamlessly interacts with the ESP and ABS systems to reportedly enhance driver control and safety margins.

The ESP itself has additional functions like hydraulic brake assist, hill descent control and anti-rollover protection.

The vehicle features conventional strut suspension at the front and an independent four-link system at the rear. Stopping power is via four-wheel ventilated discs.




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Published : Monday, 30 January 2006
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