Chevrolet Orlando show car signals entry into new segment for the brand Paris Motor Show Preview: First Images of the seven-seat multi-purpose family vehicle Detroit - The Orlando show car, making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October, is a clear indication that Chevrolet is considering an expansion to its portfolio with a seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle with distinctive sport utility-like design, adaptable seating and impressive interior space. Based on the recently announced all-new Cruze compact sedan, the Orlando show car carries Chevrolet’s signature design language into a new vehicle segment. It explores the potential of combining the versatility attributes of a sport utility, a family van and a wagon in a single execution. Chevrolet Orlando cuts a distinctive silhouette, replacing conventional monocab proportions with a more defined contrast between the hood and windshield lines. With flared fenders instead of a flat side-body, Orlando has a muscular stance that gives it the appearance of a sport utility vehicle, yet it offers dynamic ride and handling, excellent fuel efficiency and easy entry thanks to its car-based architecture. Inside, the five-door Orlando is designed to meet the needs of families and those who need plenty of seating capacity with adaptable, theater-style seating in three rows that comfortably accommodate up to seven occupants. Whenever load carrying becomes a priority, the spacious cabin can be quickly transformed into a large cargo area. A generous 2760 mm wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks provide Orlando with outstanding interior roominess. Chevrolet’s latest-generation 2.0-liter turbo diesel, developing 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque, provides a powerful and fuel efficient powertrain. Following the recent announcement of the all-new Cruze sedan, the Orlando show car promises another page in Chevrolet’s product portfolio and another step in Chevrolet’s plan to offer customers around the globe impressive value, quality and fuel efficiency.
We know Chevy probably will beat us over the head with how family-friendly and roomy the Chevy Orlando concept is as its shroud drops at the Paris Motor Show, but naming it after the kid-centric megabux epicenter of Disney just seems a bit extreme. The seven passenger
minivan "multi-purpose vehicle with distinctive sport utility-like design" is based on the same platform the 2010 Chevy Cruze rides on and is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbodiesel we Yankees will never see. The press release, dancing like Fred Astaire around the strings of the letters "SUV" and "minivan," is below the fold and another picture more than the two we already had, below. Sorry, they didn't actually have the Orlando here at the GM Paris preview, just on the tube overhead.