• Feb 18, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of 2011 Chevy Orlando spy shots

Our spies have just caught a prototype out winter testing that appears to be the production Chevy Orlando that's destined for sale in the U.S. sometime during 2011. From what we can tell, the production version will be remarkably faithful to the Orlando concept that debuted at the Paris Motor Show last fall and was shown for the first time in North America at the Detroit Auto Show last month. As you can see, many of the panels visible on this prototype closely match those on the concept, including the rocker panels and wheel arches. The profile of the vehicle caught winter testing is also a dead ringer for the concept. While the front and rear ends are completely covered, one can easily imagine Chevy's corporate grille at the leading edge of a sculpted hood. Some things that have changed are the additions of practical, production intent door handles, side-view mirrors and headlights.

The Orlando will be built on GM's new Delta platform, which also underpins the upcoming Chevy Cruze compact car. It will replace the HHR in Chevy's lineup and feature seating for seven souls, two more than the tall wagon it's replacing.


[Photos: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am mixed about it, but the rear end really reminds of that from the Aztek. In fact, the entire car has a similar shape, but longer than the Aztek.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if GM will simply make this the redesigned HHR? Or call it something new like the Orlando.

      Also, which market is GM targeting here? The Mazda5/Kia Rondo and the coming Honda Latitude? Or the Ford Edge/Toyota Venza/Mazda-CX7/Dodge Journey/Ford Flex type of crossover?

      I like the idea of the Orlando but I'm not sure where it fits in Chevrolet's line-up. Obviously somewhere above the Cruze and below/beside the Equinox, and definitely below the Traverse. Will the Orlando be available with a 4-cylinder? Seems likely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        quote: -
        "Will the Orlando be available with a 4-cylinder? Seems likely." -

        quote from the story: -
        "The Orlando will be built on GM's new Delta platform, which also underpins the upcoming Chevy Cruze compact car" -

        I don't believe that the Delta II(Delta is the platform for the current Cobalt and HHR) platform is designed to house a 6cyl. If nothing else though, the 4cyl will surely be the base engine.

        It will be similar to how the HHR is based off the Cobalt platform and uses its engines as well. If it helps, just think of this as the next HHR(which it likely will replace).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new Rezzo(aka Orlando in the US) was never intended for the US market, until the oil price hit $150/barrel and GM USA decided that they needed a smaller family vehicle to sell in the US, fast.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Photographic illusion, or is this 'tall wagon' sitting closer to the ground? Geez, just add the sliding doors and call it what it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I definitely think it's going to replace the HHR, but they'll change the name. HHR stands for Heritage High Roof, so it's not exactly a fitting title for this new vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a Minivan, why would this replace the HHR?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They say it will be close to the Concept, but right now, I see Kia Soul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see proportions that are a lot better the lifted Soul. JMO
        • 5 Years Ago
        Orlando is the next Daewoo Rezzo wearing Chevy badge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. This is a new CUV design that still isn't doing it for me. Sorry, GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not much to see, but it looks totally boring. I hope they have somthing more up their sleeve,as I don't see this selling much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it looks kind of like a zebra
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, the other 6 seats are for the GM marketing staff needed to convince you that those side view mirrors look good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, could the side mirrors be any bigger?
      • 5 Years Ago
      just by looking at the shape, won't buy it another ....waste
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