25 August 2010

Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet's Orlando family mpv set to star in Paris

25 August 2010 - Chevrolet's first entrant into the European MPV segment, the Orlando, will be one of the attractions at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris when the full production model makes its world debut. It will be one of four Chevrolet world premieres at the show. Based on the show car concept first seen at Paris in 2008, the Chevrolet Orlando is a family car for the times, combining 7-seater practicality and interior flexibility with crossover style design.

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 centre console. However, it's the theatre style seating arrangement of the Orlando's three rows of seats, the generous load area and the numerous storage solutions that will also grab the attention of family motorists.

Chevrolet Orlando

In spite of the sweeping roof-line, the designers claim to have succeeded in raising the second and third row of seats, which means Orlando's occupants get an even better view both forwards and to the side. And with a wide variety of seating configurations possible, the Orlando can be transformed into a voluminous MPV.

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 fascia 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.

Chevrolet Orlando

The Orlando is based on Chevrolet's Cruze saloon. Under the hood there will be a choice of three of Chevrolet's latest engines: one petrol engine will be available, a 1.8 litre with power output of 141 hp and two diesel units, the latest version of Chevrolet's 2.0 litre engine with outputs of 131hp (low output) or 163 hp (high output).

Customers will also be able to choose from four trim levels in the UK with standard equipment on all cars including electronic stability control, six air-bags, air conditioning and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors. Full production of the Chevrolet Orlando starts in October with the car going on sale across Europe in early 2011.