• Oct 2nd 2008 at 2:58PM
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Ever wish the Chevy HHR would evolve into something more cool than kitsch? What that would be is the Chevy Orlando Concept, a seven-passenger multi-purpose vehicle that will be entering production in Europe sometime in the near future. We sincerely hope General Motors considers selling the production version in the U.S. as a replacement for the HHR, as its slab sides and chunky stance impart a much more grown up and aggressive attitude than Chevy's current compact people mover. And just like the HHR is based on the compact Cobalt's platform, the production Orlando will be based on the same platform as the upcoming Cruze, which itself will be sold in both Europe and the U.S. There's really not a doubt in our minds that the Orlando is being developed to replace the HHR in the U.S. while it simultaneously enters a new segment in Europe for Chevy. As for when the production version will appear, we don't know. All we know is that this MPV has got a lot of promise. Check out our new gallery of high-res live shots below to see if you agree.


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.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Simply no accounting for some folks' taste. I cannot understand how Autoblog's author here is so enthralled with this disproportionate mass. It is just one more SUV, and much like so many Hondas, where it appears different designers were working on separate ends of the vehicle without communicating. The front is pleasant and rounded, while the rear is simply chopped off with just one more dufus looking vertical rear window on the market. The back simply doesn't match the front.

      And why is it that Chevy balks at making smaller, more practical, commuter cars like the Beat?

        • 7 Years Ago
        its not an SUV size vehicle, as u might have (or might not ) noticed in the comments its close in size to the chevy HHR...so basically a small wagon. It doesn't have a tall ride height and it doesn't have any off-road pretensions, so where you got SUV i don't know
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thanks GM. Now I have to clean the vomit on my keyboard.
        • 7 Years Ago
        why is your mouth that close to your keyboard?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks GM. You made some guy named Frank vomit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The HHR is a great little car with good gas mileage and fun to drive. It is NOT a generic econobox car, it has a classic retro look that I happen to like. Still I would not have bought one if it did not handle so good, get such good gas mileage and just basically fun to drive.
      The HHR may not be for everyone but it is for me. I get 35 to 40 MPG @ 60-65 and down to 25-26 @ 85 MPH with the air conditioning blasting. My one ton four door dually gets 6 to 12 MPG and it rides a little rougher. I have to use my truck sometimes for business but generally the HHR is my daily driver.
      I think it looks really good to. The Orlando, Aztec, Vibe or any of those I simply would not buy. If you like them then that is great they probably get good mileage and are decent vehicles but they do not have "personality" like the HHR does and never will.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think GM needs to share this across all of their brands. You can have the Chevy Orlando, the Pontiac Miami, the Saturn Jupiter, the GMC Jacksonville and of course, the Buick Boca Raton
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      what car is the white one in the background? i thought it was the Cruze, but the more i looked at it, i could tell it isnt
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks good
      • 7 Years Ago
      You guys are ALL on crack! The HHR blows thos P.O.S. away.

      Its fugly.
      It looks cheap.
      Its aztek all over.

      The worst part is you idiots are encouraging them to build this crap - like you did the aztek! GM abandon this sh#tbox now while you can save some face.

      Has GM totally given up on cars under $30,000?

      There isn't one that has the same level of design as the CTS for example. It costs no more to make a nice looking car than it does to make a cheap, dodge caliber knockoff. Which this bucket is.

      Kiss GM good bye if this is what we have to look forward too. Their new products a $50,000 volt that saves me $1500 a year while doubling my car payment and adding to my electric bill. And now this?

      Wagoner is an a-hole.
      • 7 Years Ago
      were we can get more information about this car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the Orlando would be an awesome replacement for the HHR. Unlike many of the other posters...I kinda like the HHR. Best little car Chevy has which isn't saying much because the other current US options are Cobalt and Aveo. The HHR is at least a decent option for a small vehicle. And the nicest looking too.

      But that said I think the Cruze (although the rear end is a lil funky) and Orlando would make much better vehicles. Both are a lot better looking thats for sure. Hopefully they've put a lot of work into those chassis to make them dynamic darlings at least compared to the competion. The interior on the Cruze is a huge needed leap forward. Akin to the Malibu's new interior which was a much needed leap forward to.

      Keep it up GM. Just stop rebadging some of these Chevy's and giving them to Pontiac. Pontiac needs exciting cars not re-badges.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The HHR is a fun car for the people that like a lot of retro in their lives. There is nothing wrong with having a well built fun car that brings a smile to the owners face. My parents love the one I bought them and have never said a bad thing about it. It has sold a lot more then was ever planed and it should continue with upgrades next to Orlando. Why not continue to offer a proven winner that will allow Chevy to charge full price to the Orlando and offer an upgraded HHR to the discount market. I am really tired of the negative people on this site and the total lack of knowledge that they contribute. I almost think that some are so dumb it must be employee's from other companies! I don't really believe this but how negative can some of you be every single day. Maybe it is time for some medication.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a HHR 08 LT2. Love it, wife Loves it. She said today the next car will be another HHR. I married a smart lady!!!!!!!!
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