Chevrolet Orlando prepares for March launch

The seven-seat car which boasts SUV-style designs and a boxy rear end for added practicality will come with three engines; one petrol and two diesels.

The engines will be offered across LS, LT and equipment-packed LTZ specification levels when the large MPV arrives at UK dealers.

All models receive Electronic Stability Control, six airbags and power mirrors as standard. The middle-range LT trim level adds parking sensors and steering wheel-mounted audio controls for the sound system.

The range-topping LTZ models include 17" alloy wheels, auto dipping rear view mirror and electronic cruise control in the specification.

“We’re confident the Orlando not only brings great value for money to the MPV class but at the same time something fresh – a certain function with attitude, as we put it,” says Wayne Brannon, president and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe.

The vast interior is capable of carrying seven in three rows of seats and 1,499-litres of load space with the rear two rows folded flat.

Meanwhile, the exterior features Chevrolet’s ‘face’ at the front, including the distinctive grille and famous Chevrolet badge.

Prices for the Orlando MPV have not been released by Chevrolet, but the brand is expected to aim it below the price of volume competitors.

It will be offered as a budget alternative in the seven-seat market, and Chevrolet will be careful not to aim the Orlando at fellow GM-owned Vauxhall and its seven-seat Zafira in the UK.

The Chevrolet Orlando people carrier is the first of several new models for the car maker in 2011 which will include an updated Aveo supermini and Captiva SUV.

A new Cruze hatchback and Chevrolet Camaro muscle car will be introduced to the UK market in the next year as Chevrolet increases the number of segments it competes in across Europe.