The seven-seat MPV is new territory for the US manufacturer and comes as part of a host of new models for the European market including the Spark city car, Aveo hatchback and forthcoming Camaro muscle car.
Chevrolet describes the Orlando as a ‘true family car’ with a muscular stance, particularly in the case of the wheel arches. The styling is similar to that of the Spark city car – Chevrolet has stated a desire to move away from ‘cute’ cars to focus on more aggressively styled models.
Wayne Brannon, president and managing director for Chevrolet Europe explains. “The new Orlando MPV kicks off an ambitious seven-product launch program over the next 15 months.
“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.”
Inside, the second and third row of seats have been raised to allow passengers a better view, and the seats can be folded to create extra storage when necessary.
The interior is decked out with various cubby holes and storage spaces for luggage of all sizes – something Chevrolet says will appeal to families.
Although unlikely for an MPV, Chevrolet has turned to the Corvette sports car for inspiration for the interior. The Orlando features a dual cockpit with blue backlighting similar to the Corvette as well as an audio system comprising an MP3 player with USB port.
Under the bonnet, Chevrolet will offer one petrol and two diesel engines with the Orlando. The petrol engine is 1.8-litre unit developing 141hp while the 2.0-litre diesel comes in both 131hp and 163hp versions.
The Orlando will appear at the Paris Motor Show from September 30th before entering full production. It is expected to arrive in UK showrooms early next year, with prices announced closer to the launch date.