New Chevrolet Orlando prices announced

It is the first time Chevrolet has attempted to enter an MPV into the European market because it is wary about stepping on the toes of sister brand Vauxhall.

However, the Orlando is priced slightly beneath the Vauxhall Zafira and continues the brand’s expansion into new markets and improvement in quality of its cars.

This means more equipment for the Orlando, including Electronic Stability Control, air conditioning, electric windows, tinted windows and three power sockets as standard on the lowest-priced models.

The higher-specced LT option comes with rear parking sensors, 16" alloy wheels, climate control and leather-covered steering wheel as standard.

This comes in at £17,395, and the highest specification Orlando LTZ starts from £18,195. All LTZ models come with automatic cruise control, 17" alloy wheels, blue ambient lighting, rear cargo net and some chrome touches to the exterior.

A £2,000 Executive pack can boost the luxury inside further with satellite navigation, heated front seats and full leather upholstery.

Chevrolet will offer three engines with the spacious Orlando MPV, the entry-level 1.8-litre petrol and a choice of 2.0-litre diesel units offering 130 or 163Ps.

Diesel models do come in at a premium, starting from £17,645 and ending at £21,195 for the top-spec Orlando LTZ with 2.0-litre diesel engine and an automatic gearbox, which is only available with that specific engine.

CO2 emissions are as low as 159g/km for the less powerful diesel, rising to 172g/km for the petrol and 186g/km for the larger of the two diesels.

The Chevrolet Orlando undercuts rivals from Vauxhall, Ford and Renault, but only by a small amount as the build quality and equipment is higher than previous models.

All prices, says Chevrolet are inclusive of the 2.5 per cent rise in VAT which comes into force from 1 January 2011.