The new Chevrolet sports utility vehicle (SUV) built by GM-Daewoo for sale outside the US will be named Captiva.

The SUV made its first appearance as a 'concept' at the 2004 Paris motor show and is due on sale in summer 2006.

The Captiva is said to retain the S3X concept's strong design elements, expressive style and a spacious interior featuring high quality fabrics and materials.

It will be available with five or seven seats and is 4,639mm long, 1,849mm wide and 1,729mm high. Customers will have the choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive variants.

Chevrolet's first compact SUV available with a diesel engine is claimed to have impressive on-road ride and handling.

The vehicle will be sold with either a two-litre, 150hp, common-rail direct-injection diesel or a 140hp, 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

The Captiva will be the first model in Chevrolet's European range with an electronic stability programme (ESP).

The diesel engine was developed by GM Powertrain and VM in Italy.

It is the first application of a family of diesel engines that will later become available in the Lacetti range.

The production Captiva will make its world debut at the Geneva show in March.