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Chevrolet will give the Orlando MPV its world debut at the Paris Motor Show.

The Chevrolet Orlando, the company's first compact MPV, will debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 30.  It will be one of four world premieres Chevrolet has planned for the event.

The new car's styling is based on that of the Orlando concept, first shown in Paris in 2008.  Distinctive features include a tapering roofline, flared wheelarches and Chevrolet's characteristic divided radiator grille with 'bow tie' badge.

Despite the sloping roof the second and third rows of seats are raised, giving passengers a better view out.  Other features of the interior include a 'dual cockpit' layout - apparently inspired by the Corvette sports car - and a hidden storage area behind the audio system with a built-in USB port.

Based on the Chevrolet Cruze, the Orlando will come with a 1.8-litre, 141hp petrol engine and a choice of 131- or 163hp 2.0-litre diesel power.

While exact specifications are still to be released, standard equipment will include six airbags, electronic stability control and air conditioning.

Production of the Orlando is due to start in October with European sales commencing in early 2011; prices will be announced nearer that date.

Published on August 26, 2010
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