Chevrolet Ends Sales of Captiva Sport

October 4th, 2014 by

Chevrolet announced that it will end U.S. sales of its Captiva Sport, an economical SUV that took its cues from the Saturn Vue. Unless you owned a business or got lucky while shopping Cincinnati used car dealers, you wouldn’t have been able to buy one. The Sport was sold to fleets for business or rental car agencies.

However, when businesses were done with them, they often turned them over to used car dealerships, which means that customers could have picked one up from one of the many Cincinnati used car dealers.

Chevy originally started selling the Sport in the U.S. after it

couldn’t keep up with demand for the Equinox. Before then, it had been available for sale in Mexico. Chevy is currently planning to do the same thing for the Impala, producing the Impala Limited to make available for sale for fleets only.

The auto maker is stopping production of the Captiva Sport as demand has plummeted. Instead, GM will shift focus to models like the Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain and Buick Encore. The Sport will still be available in countries outsides the U.S.

Meanwhile, Chevrolet has also introduced a new SUV that it hopes will stoke demand. The Chevrolet Trax is a mini SUV modeled after the Buick Encore, with a 1.4-liter engine with 134 horse power and 148 lb-ft of torque. It will get 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. It will go on sale in January for $20,995.

Some features of the new Trax will include:

  • Three trim levels
  • Front-wheel drive
  • $1,500 all-wheel drive option
  • MyLink infotainment
  • 7-inch touchscreen command center
  • Keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Front and rear folding seats for extra cargo space
  • 10 exterior colors and three interior colors

Optional features will include a built-in Wi-fi hotspot, remote start and Sirius XM radio.

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, take a test drive of the new track. If you’re lucky, you might find a previously owned version at one of the many Cincinnati used car dealers a few months after its release, or you might still find one of the elusive Captiva Sports. The Sport may soon become a collector’s item thanks to its scarcity, so your investment could rise significantly in the future.