The Captiva is back, but not for the US market.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer isn't the Wrangler-rivaling off-roader that some enthusiasts were hoping for. Now that Chevy has used the Blazer name on a midsize crossover, it seems unlikely that the moniker will ever be attached to anything more rugged. But what about the Captiva name? Chevy hasn't offered the Captiva in the United States since 2015 when it was offered as a fleet-only vehicle. Now, the name is returning.
The 2022 Chevrolet Captiva was just announced for the Mexican market. Chevy may offer the Captiva right across the border from the US, but it seems highly unlikely that the model will be sold stateside. The Captiva is not the only example of a car being sold in Mexico but not the US, though it is a pretty rare occurrence.
Chevy hasn't announced what engines will power the Captiva in Mexico, but we know it will be offered in five- or seven-seat configurations. In other markets where the Captiva is sold, it is available either with a normally aspirated or turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a diesel. It is positioned as a midsize crossover that would sit between the Blazer and Traverse if it was offered here in the US.
Inside, the Captiva looks pretty basic, likely positioned as an entry-level midsize option for buyers on a budget. The interior includes vinyl seating surfaces, spit-folding second and third rows, and a large central touchscreen infotainment system that looks unlike any US Chevy product.
There is a reason why the Captiva looks completely different from Chevy's entire US lineup. That's because it's actually based on a Chinese crossover called the Baojun 530 (pictured above), which is built by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture factory. GM selling a Chinese-built model in North America is not unheard of, with the Cadillac CT6 hybrid and Buick Envision, though the Captiva doesn't seem like a good fit for the US market.