2008 Paris Motor Show: Chevy Orlando Show Car

By David Thomas  on September 30, 2008

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  • Looks like: The guy that designed the Pontiac Aztek found a new job
  • Defining characteristics: Compact seven-seater with over-stylized snout
  • Ridiculous features: Glass roof with what appear to be solar cells
  • Chance of being mass-produced: In Europe, nearly 100%; in the U.S., chances are 50/50

We caught our first glimpse of the Orlando a few weeks back, but today we see every angle of the Cruze-based MPV, including a radically truncated rear. Man, that is one flat backside.

Chevy calls the Orlando a “show car,” but it looks nearly ready for production, with the same basic interior design and materials as the Cruze. The three-row people-mover has a 60/40-split second row and a 50/50-split folding third row. Both can fold flat to create a very large, flat cargo area. The seatbacks are covered with a metal finish, but we’d expect something more affordable, like durable plastic, in a production version.

There’s also a storage bin under the rear cargo floor.

A small turbo-diesel is planned for the European model, if it’s produced, but the new turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that GM announced for the U.S. last week could serve duty under the Orlando’s hood if it does go on sale here.

Check out the photos below and let us know if you think Chevy should bring the Orlando stateside.

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Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon.  Email David


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