Chevrolet's S3X SUV, ready for its Paris unveiling, offers some great ideas of what to expect from future Bowtie models - both internationally and in SA.

Chevrolet's S3X SUV, ready for its Paris unveiling, offers some great ideas of what to expect from future Bowtie models - both internationally and in SA.

Offering a hint at what future Chevrolet styling may include and looking remarkably X5-ey, it shows eye-catching metal inserts in the front and rear bumpers. Horizontal vents along the side and trendy front light clusters add to its appeal, along with the 20-inch alloy wheels. The louvered glass roof, when open, leaves the interior feeling light and roomy.

For practicality, the concept has space for three rows of seats thanks to its 2,7-metre wheelbase. Furthermore, the rear window can be opened separately to provide access to the luggage area without having to open the tailgate first.

On the inside, the design is dominated by a contrasting wood and metal combination. Infotainment includes a DVD navigation system linked to an 18 cm colour display.

Featuring hybrid technology, the production version of the diesel-powered S3X SUV will be launched early in 2006 in European markets.

Robert Booth of Chevrolet SA told CARtoday.com that, depending on demand for the vehicle, it might be released here too.

Booth also promised that the company's stand at next month's Auto Africa show would have something for everyone. Besides showcasing traditional Chevrolet winners it would include two new models that, depending on the public's response, could soon be made available here.