After a very well received concept two years ago and plenty of rumors in the last few months, the all new Chevrolet Orlando MPV has finally been revealed by the European branch of the bowtie brand.
The new family van promises to usher in a new stage for multi purpose vehicles. It will combine a seven seat assembly with the styling of a crossover and add in a lot of storage options, adequate for any large family.
The new Orlando will also herald in a new stage for European operations for Chevrolet, which will launch new products on the market in order to increase sales and continue its presence in the Old Continent.
“The new Orlando MPV kicks off an ambitious seven-product launch program over the next 15 months,” said Wayne Brannon, president and managing director for Chevrolet Europe. “We’re confident the Orlando not only brings great value for money to the MPV class but also something fresh – function with attitude if you like – and the opportunity for us to continue building our volume across Europe. I believe it will also bring more new customers to the Chevrolet brand.”
As we mentioned above, the new Chevrolet Orlando will combine all of the traits of an MPV with the higher riding design and stance of a crossover. The front fascia has retained almost the exact look as we saw on the Orlando concept two years ago. The new grille with the Chevrolet logo splitting the middle has already been positively acclaimed on the Cruze sedan.
Speaking of the Cruze, the Orlando will share the same platform as the already popular model. While it may seem weird at first, General Motors is confident that the flexibility of the platform will allow a seven seater like the Orlando to still retain interior space so that passengers will be comfortable. The second and third rows of seats are raised, so that occupants don’t feel cramped in. As you can imagine, the seats are also foldable in a variety of ways, allowing the Orlando to easily transform into a make shift van.
Storage solutions are crucial to any good MPV, and Chevrolet knows that. The Orlando will have numerous spaces to cram in anything you can think of, from ones in the center console, the front and rear doors and even some in the roof. The most interesting one is behind the fascia of the audio system. You can flip out the face of the audio system and the space will allow for small things like sunglasses or wallets to be put in. It also boasts a USB interface, so that you can connect or charge MP3 players and the like.
The exterior can be customized in a variety of ways, especially in terms of wheels, which can be ordered in 16-, 17- or even 18-inch sizes. The interior is available in a few trim lines, guaranteeing a dual cockpit design and ambient blue backlighting for the center console. Equipment like electronic stability control, six airbags, air conditioning or power mirrors will also be standard on any new Orlando.
Customers will be able to choose between three engine options. You can have a 1.8-liter gasoline engine, capable of 141 HP, as seen on the Cruze, or two diesel versions, based on the 2.0-liter unit. One can achieve 131 HP, while the other is capable of 163 HP.
The new Chevrolet Orlando will be showcased at the Paris Motor Show this fall, and, sadly, won’t be arriving to US shores, despite the fact that the Chevrolet HHR is showing is age in terms of popularity and sales. The Orlando will enter production in October and be available in showrooms at the beginning of 2011.