Detroit isn't Paris, but General Motors execs picked the Detroit Science Center as the venue to preview the
Chevrolet Orlando show car that will make its official debut at the Paris motor show in about two weeks. Based on the recently announced Chevy Cruze compact
sedan, the Orlando is a three-row, seven-passenger
crossover that is aimed as much at European buyers as American consumers. Not only is it being unveiled in Paris, but the Orlando is also powered by a 2.0-liter, 150-horsepower turbodiesel, not exactly an American-style powerplant. GM Global design chief Ed Welburn noted that the Orlando carries the same Chevrolet "design language" that has found expression in recent Chevies like the Tahoe, Malibu and Traverse, but the Orlando gives it a slightly different spin with squared-off edges lacking in the more curvaceous Traverse, for example. With Chevy execs very high on the Cruze platform, you can expect Orlando to come to America perhaps as early as 2010.