General Motors Corp.’s Chevrolet brand will stage the world premiere of its second diesel-powered model for Europe, as well as a new touring racer concept at the Paris auto show.

The Chevrolet Epica Diesel midsize sedan, slated to launch in spring 2007, will showcase the auto maker’s new 150-hp 2L common-rail diesel, with a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h).

The diesel generates 236 lb.-ft. (320 Nm) of torque at 2,000 rpm and is mated to a manual 5-speed gearbox or optional 5-speed automatic transmission.

The Epica marks Chevy’s second diesel variant, following the new Captiva cross/utility vehicle, which goes on sale in Europe this fall. Buyers may choose between front- and 4-wheel drive, five and seven seats and three different engines ranging from 136 to 230 hp.

GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. builds the Captiva, known as the Winstorm in South Korea.

GM’s marque concept for Paris will be the Chevrolet WTCC Ultra, a ready-to-drive compact touring vehicle that doubles as a racecar study.

Propelled by a 190-hp diesel, the WTCC has a wide, low stance with broad Chevrolet-styled grille and front fascia.

GM’s Adam Opel GmbH also unwraps the production version of the new Antara CUV, a modified Winstorm/Captiva. Powertrain choices include a 140-hp 2.4L gasoline engine, 227-hp 3.2L V-6 gasoline mill and a 150-hp 2.0L diesel.

Opel promises in a few months the common-rail turbodiesel will be joined by a second version, producing 127 hp.

Opel also highlights the new Corsa, which enters the market in 3- and 5-door configurations in October, and OPC versions of the Opel Vectra sedan and wagon for ’07. Under the hood is a 2.8L V-6 gasoline engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, producing 280 hp – a 35 hp improvement from the previous mill.

Opel says the sedan moves from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds. The performance wagon does the dash in 6.5 seconds.