First Look: Chevy Orlando Concept


Chevy just released the first images of a new concept slated to debut at the Paris auto show next month. Dubbed “Orlando” — it seems automakers are cutting back funding for their name-generation departments — the compact utility vehicle will seat seven and is based on the upcoming Cruze global small-car platform.

Think of this as Chevy’s answer to the Mazda5. Or think of it as the vehicle that may replace the HHR in Chevy showrooms. However, this is more of a global car for GM, and the U.S. likely won’t be its strongest market, despite sales spike for the Mazda5 and the similar Kia Rondo during the recent rise in gas prices.

The company says the seating can be rearranged to produce a “large cargo area.” Expect more details on dimensions and better photos next month. For now, check out a larger exterior image and a shot of the interior below. 

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