• Jan 11th 2009 at 12:45PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Chevy Orlando Concept

Among the array of various concept and production vehicles at the GM display was the Chevy Orlando Concept that made its world debut in Paris just a few months prior. Based on the same platform as the Cruze, the Orlando offers seven seats in a relatively compact design. At its debut we found the Orlando to be a much more appealing than the HHR and hoped that GM would consider bringing it to the U.S. as a production vehicle. Our wish has been granted, and the Orlando will arrive in dealers as a 2011 model along with the Spark mini-car. Follow the jump for the press release from GM, video from the live unveil, and check out new high-res photos in the gallery below.

Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

The Chevrolet Orlando show car will make its North American debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The compact, seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle has the versatile attributes of a sport-utility, a family van and a wagon.

Based on the recently introduced Cruze compact sedan, the Orlando show car carries Chevrolet's signature design language into a new vehicle segment. Cues include a two-tier grille, expressive headlamps that flow into the front fenders and muscular fender forms that wrap around the wheels.

"The Orlando suggests a possible addition to Chevrolet's global product portfolio, while adhering to its mission of offering value, quality and fuel efficiency," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. "It offers adaptable seating, more than expected interior room and a powerful yet economical powertrain – features that were designed to suit a variety of needs in different markets."

Fuel-efficient power for the Orlando show car comes from a 2.0L turbo-diesel that generates 150 horsepower (112 kW) and a strong 235 lb.-ft. of torque (320 Nm). The small-displacement four-cylinder engine combines excellent fuel efficiency with surprising performance, thanks to high torque available across the rpm band. The car-based architecture of the Orlando – the hallmark of a true crossover – further contributes to the vehicle's efficiency with lower overall mass and better aerodynamics.

Inside, the five-door Orlando is designed to meet the needs of families and those who need plenty of seating capacity. It has reconfigurable, theater-style seating in three rows that comfortably accommodate up to seven occupants. The seats in rows two and three conveniently fold flat into the floor, whenever load carrying becomes a priority.

A long, 108.6-inch (2,760 mm) wheelbase, along with wide front and rear tracks, enhance the interior's spaciousness. Those dimensions also support a smooth, compliant driving experience, with assistance from a strut-type front suspension, compound crank rear suspension and a speed-sensitive, electric power steering system.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another GM car - years from reality. How many times are they going to show us something that's not due out for 2 or 3 years before we go insane?

      I know none of you remember, but there was a time when detroit showed cars and then in one year or less you could buy one!

      This was well before computers, and the cars even looked better!

      This thing is a 3/4 traverse. Woopy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This really looks like an Audi A2 on steroids.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nowhere in the press release does it say it's coming to the US. It very well could, but it is currently not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Woah... I thought we werent getting this....

      wont this overlap with the Traverse?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope. It's the size of a Mazda5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So this slots between the Equinox and Traverse?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope it's not that big, this is a HHR replacement built on the Delta II platform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      there is a lot of soul in those headlights... and a6 in the taillights... but it still looks good...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I greatly prefer the HHR over this. Milk truck 4tw.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's pretty neat for tiny MPV.
      A lot better than urgly minivans or MPV from competitors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry, but that chopped off square back end is just too incredibly unattractive. It doesn't match the front of the vehicle at all and makes it appear that Chevy had two separate non-communicating teams of developers working on this vehicle.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it alot. A big, seven-passenger version of the Scion xB. Give it a stick-shift and the diesel option and I would definitely consider buying one.

      Heck...just give it a stick-shift and I will buy it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another Aztek.
      GM, why make this ugly thing when you have the Equinox and Traverse?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its NOT THAT BIG. How many times does it have to be said. Think of it as like a Wagon version of the Cruze. Its about the size of the Vibe
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