Fact file: Chevrolet Orlando
Function with attitude
- Segment: MPV/family van
- In the model range since: early 2011
Chevrolet's first entrant into the European MPV/family van segment, the Orlando, was one of the star attractions at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, where the full production model made its world debut. The Orlando has been on sale across Europe since early 2011.
Based on the show car concept first seen at Paris in 2008, the Chevrolet Orlando is a true family car for the times, combining seven-seater practicality and interior flexibility with striking crossover style design.
The Orlando's vehicle architecture is based on Chevrolet's successful and award winning Cruze sedan, already proven to offer excellent ride and handling. Under the hood, there is a choice of three of Chevrolet's latest fuel efficient engines: one gasoline engine, a 1.8 liter with power output of 141 hp and two diesel units, the latest version of Chevrolet's 2.0 liter engine with outputs of 131 hp or 163 hp (high output).
Chevrolet's new 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 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.
While the exterior of the new Orlando is sure to draw plenty of attention, the interior too features the latest design cues from Chevrolet such as the Corvette inspired 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 motorists.
In spite of the sweeping roof-line, the designers have succeeded in raising the second and third row of seats, which means Orlando's occupants get an even better view both forward and to the side. And with a 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.
Any hard working family car needs plenty of interior storage space for all the 'paraphernalia' that builds up. Like the Orlando concept car, the Orlando obliges with 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.
However, perhaps the most ingenious is a storage area hidden behind front faceplate of the audio, and within easy reach of the both the driver and passenger. Seen originally on the Orlando concept car, the designers have been able to integrate a usefully large area which is revealed by flipping up the face of the audio, and large enough for such items as an MP3 player, sunglasses and wallets. Within the space itself, there is also a USB port – ideal for re-charging the MP3 or iPod when on the move.
Customers may choose from three trim levels with standard equipment on all cars including electronic stability control, six air-bags, air conditioning and power-adjustable mirrors.