The Caprice was a full-sized luxury sedan sold under the Chevrolet marque in the United States between 1965 and 1996. However, the name continues to live on in the Middle East and other markets. The Caprice is currently sourced from Australia, where it is also known as the Holden Caprice and Statesman. This vehicle has been updated with sharper sheet metal and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Caprice lineup currently consists of the LS, LTZ, SS and Royale. All of these trims feature a 6-liter, 8-cylinder engine that produces 360 horsepower. Power is fed through a 6-speed automatic transmission, standard equipment for any Caprice fitted with the 8-cylinder engine. Another option available for the LS and LTZ packages is a 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. This engine is paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission and is intended to be a slightly more frugal and fuel-efficient choice among customers.
The Caprice represented the most luxurious full-sized sedan offered by Chevrolet during its lifespan, with the Biscayne, Bel Air and Impala sold as more economical vehicles, with fewer options and engine choices. The Caprice was sold in the U.S. from 1965 until 1996, when the vehicle was discontinued in favor of SUV production at the Arlington, Texas plant where it was assembled. The Caprice nameplate continued in the Middle East and other markets on the Australian platform used by the similarly named Holden Caprice and Statesman sedans. The Caprice was also popular among law enforcement agencies, as a quick and capable police vehicle. The 1994-1996 Caprice was coveted by these agencies long after the vehicle was discontinued. The Caprice's popularity is one of the leading factors contributing to the resurrection of the nameplate for police use. The 2011 Caprice will be sold to the U.S. market for use by law enforcement agencies.
Standard equipment includes projector headlamps, steering wheel controls for climate control and stereo, cruise control, automatic headlamps, power front seats and a MP3-capable sound system. Dual front airbags, ABS, electronic stability control and brake assist are standard on all Caprice trims, while the SS and Royale models are also equipped with traction control and side curtain air bags. The Royale is fully loaded with a leather interior, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear selector, front and rear parking assist and a 10-speaker Bose Premium audio system.
The Caprice is available in Middle Eastern markets for approximately $27,000 to $43,560, depending on the desired trim level and additional options selected. The 2011 Caprice, intended for use in the U.S. for law enforcement agencies, will start at a price of approximately $30,000
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