Not only is it the perfect combination of bold and new, but Chevrolet’s new Orlando MPV is also ‘spec’-tacular value for money.

Prices for the newcomer have just been announced, and from £16,395 they represent the best value in the class in terms of standard equipment.

When the car arrives in UK dealerships in the Spring, three trim levels and three engines will be available, including two diesel options.

The entry level Orlando is badged LS, and is anything but basic. Standard equipment includes ESC, air conditioning, follow-me-home headlights, electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking, six airbags, three 12v power sockets, tinted windows and an adjustable steering wheel.

It also includes two clever innovations – a supplementary rear-view mirror allowing both driver and passenger to see all of the car’s occupants, and an extremely clever hidden cubby compartment behind the stereo facia; the perfect place to conceal MP3s, phones and iPods away from prying eyes.

The LS is available with the 141PS 1.8-litre petrol engine, or a new 130PS 2.0-litre diesel unit, the latter of which also comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

LT models come loaded with even more kit. As well as the standard LS equipment, they get rear parking distance sensors, a USB port, 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, a chrome-effect tailgate handle, driver’s armrest, leather-covered steering wheel, front fog lights, electric rear windows and an upgraded sound system with steering wheel audio controls.

In addition, the LT can be specified with the most powerful Orlando engine, a 163PS 2.0-litre diesel with six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed auto as an option.

The range-topping LTZ models, which are also offered with a choice of all three engine options, come with an astonishing amount of on-board goodies.

These include distinctive 17-inch alloys, automatic cruise control, an electro-chromatic rear view mirror, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, blue ambient panel lighting, a gloss black centre console, power-folding door mirrors, a rear cargo net and chrome-effect body detailing.

Buyers of diesel-engined LTZ models can also specify an optional Executive Pack, priced at £2,000. This adds full leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite navigation and smart 18-inch alloy wheels.

Orlando also benefits from best-in-class insurance group ratings – no other seven-seat MPV can match the 1.8-litre petrol model’s 10E T1 classification, while the 130PS 2.0-litre diesel is in class 14E T1 and the 163PS 2.0-litre diesel is the 16E T1 bracket.

A full list of prices and specifications appears below (all prices include 20 per cent VAT, due from January 1, 2011):

EngineTransCO2P11DOTRP11D at 20%P11D at 40%
LS1.8 PetrolMAN17223%£16,395£740.14£1,480.28
2.0 VCDi (130PS)MAN15923%£17,645£802.01£1,604.02
LT1.8 PetrolMAN17223%£17,395£786.14£1,572.28
2.0 VCDi (130PS)MAN15923%£18,645£848.01£1,696.02
2.0 VCDi (163PS)AUTO18629%£20,395£1,155.07£2,310.14
LTZ1.8 PetrolMAN17223%£18,195£822.94£1,645.88
2.0 VCDi (163PS)MAN15923%£20,195£919.31£1,838.62
2.0 VCDi (163PS)AUTO18629%£21,195£1,201.47£2,402.94
LTZ with Exec  Pack2.0 VCDi (163PS)MAN15923%£22,195£1,011.31£2,022.62
2.0 VCDi (163PS)AUTO18629%£23,195£1,317.47£2,634.94
ModelOrlandoOrlandoOrlandoOrlando
Engine1.8 Petrol2.0 VCDi

(130PS)

2.0 VCDi

(163PS) Man

2.0 VCDi

(163PS) Auto

PERFORMANCE & FUEL CONSUMPTION
Top Speed (mph)114121121111
Acceleration 0-60 mph (s)11.29.99.710.6
Fuel Consumption MVEG (mpg):
urban29.135.835.830.4
extra-urban47.957.757.749.6
combined38.747.147.140.4
CO2 emissions (g/km)172159159186
Emission classEuro VEuro VEuro VEuro V