Chevrolet Orlando Concept Car Signals Entry into New Segment for the Brand

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  • Distinctive SUV-like styling
  • Adaptable seven-seat accommodation with flat load floor
  • Latest-generation 2.0-liter turbo diesel power

Chevrolet Orlando

The Orlando concept vehicle provides a clear indication of Chevrolet’s intention to expand its product portfolio with a seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) that has a distinctive sport-utility-like design, adaptable seating and impressive interior space.

Based on the recently announced Cruze compact sedan, the Orlando concept carries Chevrolet’s signature design language into a new vehicle segment for the brand. It explores the potential of combining the attributes of a sport utility, a family van and a wagon in a single versatile execution.

The Chevrolet Orlando has a distinctive silhouette, replacing conventional monocab proportions with a more defined contrast between the hood and windshield lines. Flared wheel arches give the Orlando the muscular stance of a sport utility vehicle, yet it offers dynamic ride and handling characteristics, excellent fuel efficiency, and easy entry thanks to its car-based architecture.

Chevrolet Orlando 2008

Inside, the five-door Orlando is designed to meet the requirements of those that need plenty of seating capacity with adaptable, theater-style seating, in three rows with comfortable accommodation for up to seven occupants. This makes it ideal for the family motorist.

When load carrying becomes a priority the spacious cabin can be quickly transformed into a large cargo area. A generous 2,760 mm wheelbase and wide front and rear track provide Orlando with outstanding interior roominess.

Power comes from Chevrolet’s latest-generation, 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. This powerful and efficient powertrain produces 110 kW and 320 Nm of torque.

Strong Design Statement

The front of the Orlando features the Chevrolet brand’s signature twin-port grille and the large sweeping headlamp housings seen on the Cruze.  A concave shoulder line extends along the body into the wraparound tail lights, another design feature from the Cruze that will distinguish future-generation Chevrolet products.

This distinctive look is complemented by the flared fender lines, defining a ‘wheels-out/body-in’ stance that visually lowers the high roof line. The ice-blue theme for instrument illumination is carried over to the exterior of the Orlando in the laser-etched surfacing of the headlamps, tail-lights and full-length glass roof.

The Orlando features Chevrolet’s ‘dual cockpit’ design theme, with grained, dark grey accents extending outwards either side of the centre console.

A number of infotainment options and a navigation system are included in the interior specification. An overhead storage compartment extends along the centre of the vehicle to provide useful stowage space for rear seat passengers. Design details include a centre console recess to hold a PDA, phone, or MP3 player when it is connected to the USB or Aux ports. Further storage space is provided inside the floor console, the second row centre arm-rest and under the floor in the rear.

The raised roof enables a theater-style seating layout. It provides all occupants, particularly children, with an improved view inside and outside the vehicle, while enabling conversation between all those on board.

Adaptable Interior

A generous 2,760 mm wheelbase, 75 mm longer than that of the new Cruze sedan, and front and rear tracks 40 mm and 30 mm wider, provide the Orlando with seating and cargo-carrying space that is among best-in-class for compact MPVs.

This is a true seven-seater, with second and third row legroom of 950 mm and 753 mm, respectively. The reverse faces of these seat backs are covered in a tough, metal finish and can be folded completely flat for easy loading. A range of occupant and load-carrying configurations is provided by 60/40 second-row and 50/50 third-row split folding seating.

“We focused on giving Orlando a strong, robust appearance,” says Designer Seungwoo Kim. “It draws on Chevrolet’s tradition for honest, simple design, while at the same time extending our new design language into the compact multi-purpose vehicle segment.”