Ethanol Fuels Upgrade

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HOLDEN has tickled the specification list for its Captiva SUV, adding more safety and equipment, fuel savings, and the ability to run all petrol engines on an alternative fuel.

While equipment updates are fairly minor and mainly confined to seven-seat models in the Captiva range, changes to drivelines are significant.

The five-seat Captiva 5 gains the ability for its 2.4-litre petrol engine to run on anything from straight unleaded fuel up to E85, a shandy of 85% ethanol and 15% petrol.

While the Captiva will burn through E85 faster than on normal fuel a expect to use up to 20% more E85 on your daily commute than you would petrol a Holden says it can reduce overall emissions by about 40%.

No standard fuel tests exist for E85, so Holden has only provided fuel-use figures for unleaded petrol. However, the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine's fuel use on unleaded has improved, falling from 9.1L/100km to 8.8L/100km, a saving of 0.3L/100km.

Likewise, the 2.2-litre diesel engine has also improved, falling from 8.5 L/100km to 8.2L/100km. Meanwhile, the seven-seat Captiva 7 also improves fuel use across the range.

The entry-level front-drive model's 2. …