A thousand things to do in a day. Fun, entertainment and relaxation for family and friends. That's the holiday spirit Chevrolet has packed into its first ever European MPV. Like the Chevrolet models recently launched in other market sectors, it doesn't follow convention. Chevrolet Orlando's design - part MPV, part crossover - breaks the rules of a historically conservative segment; it makes a statement and stands out from the crowd.
Based on the show car concept first seen in 2008, the Chevrolet Orlando is nevertheless a true family car for the times, combining 7-seater practicality, interior flexibility and generous load space.
While the exterior of the new Chevrolet Orlando is sure to attract plenty of attention, the interior too features many of the latest design cues from Chevrolet such as the Corvette-inspired dual cockpit and ambient blue backlighting to the centre console. Distinctive design is nothing without well-thought-out functionality however, so the 'theater-style' seating arrangement of the Orlando's three rows of seats, the generous load area and the numerous storage solutions will also grab the attention of family motorists.
The interior seating is referred to as 'theatre-style' because in spite of the sweeping roof-line, designers have succeeded in raising the second and third rows which allow the Chevrolet Orlando's occupants to get an even better view both forwards and to the side and without compromising head-room. In fact headroom in the third row of seats in the Orlando is superior to a number of competitor MPVs.
Safety for the vehicle's occupants is always a paramount consideration for this class of car, and in Chevrolet Orlando owners will be reassured by both the attention to detail and the inclusion of the latest technology that has gone into this aspect of the car's design. Most of Chevrolet Orlando's body structure is constructed of high strength steel to form an effective passenger safety cage providing protection in the event of a collision to the front, rear and side of the car. Should a collision occur, Chevrolet Orlando's occupants will be protected by six airbags - twin front, side and curtain.
Under the bonnet there is a choice of three of Chevrolet's fuel efficient engines, one petrol and two diesels. All engines are transversely mounted 4-cylinder units with double overhead camshafts, 16 valves and either multi-point fuel injection, or in the case of the diesels, common rail technology. All the engines have a cast-iron cylinder block and alloy head.
The one petrol engine available at launch is a 1.8 litre which produces 141 hp at 6200rpm and 176Nm of torque at 3800rpm. Maximum speed for this version is 115mph. Emissions and fuel economy from the 1.8 petrol are competitive with emissions at 172g/km and consumption at 39mpg.
The two diesel engines are of the same displacement but tuned to give different power outputs and drive characteristics. The heart of both engines is a 2.0-litre with 4 valves per cylinder and common rail injection fuel system. However, the more powerful of the two produces 163 hp at 3800rpm and offers 360Nm of torque at 2000rpm. The second output version has 130 hp and 315Nm at the same engine speeds.
Maximum speed of the Chevrolet Orlando for the diesel engine with 130 hp is 112mph and with 163 hp is 121mph. Emissions and fuel economy are at an even more competitive 159g/km and 47 mpg for both.
Customers will also be able to choose from three different trim levels when Chevrolet Orlando goes on sale. Chevrolet Orlando's launch marks a shift for Chevrolet Europe as it adopts the same trim names being implemented globally; expect LS, LT and LTZ trims to become the norm in future Chevrolets. And in another first for Chevrolet Europe, only cars sold in right hand drive markets will carry the trim badge on the exterior.
Full production of the Chevrolet Orlando started in October at General Motor's South Korea manufacturing facilities and the car is scheduled to go on sale across Europe in early 2011.Published 9 February 2011