Fact file: Chevrolet Orlando
Function with attitude
- Segment: MPV/family van
- In the model range since: early 2011
As Chevrolet's first entrant into the European MPV/family van segment, the Orlando combines fuel efficiency, seven-seater practicality and interior flexibility with string crossover-style design, making it a true family car for the times.
The Orlando's vehicle architecture is based on Chevrolet's successful and award-winning Cruze sedan. Under the hood, there is a choice of three fuel-efficient engines: A 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine with Start/Stop, which produces 140 hp and 200 Nm of torque, a 1.8L gasoline engine mustering 141 hp, and a 2.0L diesel engine, available with an output of either 131 hp or 163 hp. The 2.0L diesel engine comes with standard Start/Stop functionality in most European markets, for reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Chevrolet's compact MPV eschews the bland designs sometimes seen in the segment, and instead adopts a bolder look with its low roofline and crossover-inspired silhouette while retaining the distinctive and recognizable Chevrolet 'face' depicted by the split radiator grille and golden bow-tie badge. The Orlando's low swept roof line is complemented by the muscular, protruding wheel-arches, housing 16, 17 or 18-inch wheels.
The interior features typical Chevrolet design cues, from the signature dual cockpit and ambient blue backlighting to the center console. However, it's the theater-style seating arrangement of the Orlando's three rows of seats, the generous load area and the numerous storage solutions that have captured the attention of family-minded motorists.
Despite the sweeping roof-line, the designers have succeeded in raising the second and third row of seats, which means the Orlando occupants get an even better view both forward and sideward. Thanks to the wide variety of seating configurations possible, the Orlando can be quickly transformed into one of the most voluminous vans in the class when it comes to carrying loads.
Every available space of the interior was taken up to provide ample storage space – in a range of compartments of different shapes and sizes situated in the center console, front and rear doors, rear cargo area and even the roof – to safely hold all the bottles, bags, newspaper, equipment, tools, boxes or anything else that makes its way into the car. Buyers of the model year 2013 Orlando benefit from even greater storage flexibility thanks to the flat folding front passenger seat.
Perhaps the most ingenious storage area is hidden behind front faceplate of the audio, and within easy reach of the both the driver and passenger. The space is large enough to hold items such as an MP3 player, sunglasses and wallets. A USB port – ideal for re-charging an MP3 player or iPod when on the move – has also been included. The Orlando can be equipped with a rear view camera.
The Orlando received EuroNCAP's top five-star rating in 2011. All vehicles come with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), six airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and power-adjustable mirrors as standard.
Status: April 2013