Striking new seven-seat crossover MPV revealed at Paris motor show
30 September 2010

Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its striking new Orlando MPV at the Paris motor show.

The compact seven-seat crossover MPV was first seen as a concept in Paris two years ago and much of that car’s styling has made it into the production version that will reach UK showrooms in early 2011.

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Although some of the concept’s sharper lines at the front have been rounded off, much of the rear three-quarters of the concept remains unchanged, including its sloping window line and narrow glasshouse, while its pronounced wheel arches can house alloys up to 18 inches in size.

The Orlando uses General Motors' Delta platform, also seen on the new Vauxhall Astra and Chevrolet’s new Cruze range. Its UK engine line-up includes a 139bhp 1.8-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 129bhp or 161bhp.

See the spy pics of the Orlando in winter testing

Chevrolet claims its dual cockpit is inspired by the Corvette and features the firm’s new blue-backlit centre console.

The load area is described as “generous”, while the rear two rows of seats are raised, in spite of the low roofline, in a theatre-style arrangement to give rear passengers a better forward and side view. As in the norm in the class, there's a variety of seating configurations to boost load capacity.

Several storage compartments are offered, including the concept’s storage area hidden behind the front fascia of the audio system; this is revealed by flipping the face of the audio and is described as a “usefully large area”. The Orlando also offers USB, MP3 and iPod connectivity.

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Standard equipment includes ESC, air-con and six airbags, and four trim levels will be offered in the UK.

Chevrolet has told Autocar that the Orlando will be priced to “offer value next to other seven-seaters in the class”, including the Vauxhall Zafira and Ford S-Max, “with no compromise in quality”.

Chevrolet Europe managing director Wayne Brannon said the Orlando was important for building the Chevrolet brand in Europe and bringing in new customers. He added it would be one of seven new product launches for the brand in the next 15 months.

The Orlando is one of four new cars launched by Chevrolet at Paris, including its new Aveo and Cruze.

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25 August 2010

While not offensive, its not striking in my eyes like the S-Max was when it was launched.

25 August 2010

why would anyone bother when GM offer the latest Vauxhall Meriva which seems to be selling extremely well and i can see why, it has one of the best interiors in a car of its type i have seen. with this being Chevrolet i cant see it being in the same league.

25 August 2010

[quote superstevie]While not offensive, its not striking in my eyes like the S-Max was when it was launched.[/quote]

[quote Autocar] Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its striking new Orlando MPV ahead of its official debut at next month’s Paris motor show. [/quote]

That's what I thought as well...in fact, the most striking thing IMO was that the article actually said the car was striking...

 

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25 August 2010

Same thing I was thinking, if you saw that on the road for the 1st time it looks so conservative you probably wouldn't stop and stare. Even though its not that different from the concept the rounding of the features has ruined what was an alright concept.

25 August 2010

Agree with the comments above. Not a particularly striking looking MPV (although I do like Chevrolet's distinctive corporate grill). But if Chevrolet get the pricing of this compact 7-seater right and make it really good value it might do really well.

25 August 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]why would anyone bother when GM offer the latest Vauxhall Meriva which seems to be selling extremely well and i can see why, it has one of the best interiors in a car of its type i have seen.[/quote]

It does have a nice interior, much nicer than the one in my wifes mk1 Meriva. The problem with it is that the rear opening doors are a gimmick. I say that because the latest Meriva is a lot lower than the first one which means that I'd have to stoop down to put in a child seat etc (which kinda defeats the object of an MPV of you're a parent), something that I wouldn't have had to do with the original. The height of the door/roof is much more important than the way the doors open in the real world. Also, are they selling that well? I've only seen two although I admit that I may have seen more but just thought that they were Agilas, the two look alarmingly similar from the front.

As for this Chevy, well it doesn't look striking but in this market that's not a major issue. If it offers the versatility people are looking for (real versatility, not a gimmick) at a good price and backed up by Chevys 5 year warranty package then it'll probably succeed. This is a car Chevy needs in it's range, along with a competitive supermini.

25 August 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE]why would anyone bother when GM offer the latest Vauxhall Meriva which seems to be selling extremely well [/quote]

The Meriva has 5 seats. This has 7.

I would have been vaguely interested in this car if it were a bit more interesting externally but this has been watered down considerably from the concept. It's dull now where the concept was sharp.

The reference in the article to 'no compromise in quality' made me wince a little. I've just spent 2 years in a top of the range 7 seater Chevrolet with a list price of £25k and there were plenty of compromises in quality actually. Interior quality is particularly weak. The computer still to this day has no idea what it is doing- I gave up trying to get it sorted. The 'chrome' has blown on the rear hatch detail. Fuel consumption bore no resemblance to the quoted figures. Performance was barely adequate. Servicing was a nightmare as there are so few dealers in my neck of the woods. Etc. Etc....

25 August 2010

I actually think it looks quite nice, I like the "Chunky" tough sort of styling. I much prefer it to, for instance the Grand Scenic which it will compete against I imagine. It will probably be well kitted out and well priced so I was in the market I would definately consider it.

30 September 2010

Is it strikingly boring? The concept looked really good, this is just meh.

 

 

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