Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet has released images of the new Orlando MPV due to be unveiled at next month's Paris Auto Show. Retaining a close resemblance to the Orlando concept shown at the 2008 Mondial de l'automobile, the production car features the same Crossover-style design theme, with a four-square stance, boxy fender volumes with pronounced wheelarches and a relatively shallow DLO.
The distinctive two-box shape will certainly make the Orlando stand out in a world of one-box competitors, yet the overall appearance–- while far from being without merit – seems to recall other vehicles on the market from certain angles: Kia Soul from the front three quarters, Nissan X-trail from the rear, for instance.
We will be interested to see the car in the flesh in Paris however, as two years ago we criticized the concept version for its apparent lack of development and finesse. The production car appears at first glance much more refined, with some neat detailing, such as the roof rail runners which turn down to flank the rear screen.
Images haven't yet been released of the interior, but Chevrolet promises an innovative 7-seat layout with some class-leading storage solutions such as a flip-front audio head unit with space behind for ipods, phones etc – similar to the design seen on the concept vehicle