• Jan 15th 2010 at 7:01PM
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2011 Chevrolet Orlando – Click above for high-res image gallery

Like its kissing cousin from another mother, the Chevrolet HHR is not long for this world. And development of its replacement is underway in the form of the 2011 Chevrolet Orlando.

Originally unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 and later spied in production guise this past August, the Orlando is likely to debut sometime in 2010 and go on sale later this year. Seven seats are supposedly part of the package and there's also talk of a range-extending Voltec drivetrain pulled from the Chevrolet Volt.

It would appear that some of the Orlando's edgy and angular styling seems to have been lost in the translation from concept to production, particularly in front where the taut headlamps and chiseled fascia makes way for a decidedly more Malibu-like appearance. Thankfully, the blistered fenders front and rear appear to be part of the package, and hopeful Chevy can retain some of the concept's blocky rump when the Orlando hits U.S. and European shores later this year packing a few fuel-efficient fours.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, dissapointing that the production car looks like its a generation behind the concept. Its good looking but im dissappointed over the blandness it turned out to be, but hey, bland sells in America unless it has a "500" badge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought it was spelled Asstek, whatever you call this thing, it isn't good!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not so sure about this one, but they do have padding on the hood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the HHR better than this thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Boy, that've blanded that one up but good.

      ZZZzzzzzz . . . .
        • 5 Years Ago
        ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz is right, the concept actually looks good, this.....? way to go chevy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't believe it looks so terrible. I know this was developed pre-bankruptcy but come on!

        Can't GM hire some decent designers to bring some style and consistency to their products.

        What a waste.
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz +1
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best Chevy Venture ever?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who want's to drive something called Orlando???????

      Better yet......Who want's to drive something that ugly?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it's like a Cobalt only a van. Oh wait...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That s--t is just seriously ugly. And yes, I know there's a disguise - the disguise is only preventing us from seeing the full horror.

      I just don't understand who draws these things, or who approves them. I mean, it's not Aztek bad, but it's just ugly. It seems like the only people who buy them are people who just really don't see any aesthetic features in cars (and I know a few). I just don't understand how a car company couldn't have a little more passion than this.

      I dunno - I'm sure I'm an anti-fanboy because the big plastic bow ties look completely idiotic to me. But that's just the topper on the ugly cake.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I apologize in advance for being impolite, but I have to say that if you think the Aztek looks like a Prius or a Lamborghini, you may need glasses, contacts, or Lasik.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cars are like girls , For some people some girls appears sexy, the same girls appears bad for others.

        Aztek from name appears sexy to me - "A-Z of TECKnology inside"

        Front : Like 2010 Equinox ( i agree it was 2000 so people were not ready for future,nose they made a bit ugly but not to say like history ugly )
        Top : Aero like Lambo
        Back : Like prius

        All they missed was build quality ( putting cheap stuff and made look cheap - but thatz not ugly ) and no A-Z technology put inside to be really like a space ship ( even missing a hybrid power train ) but where is ugly ?

        Still you think i need glasses, contacts, or Lasik , i can consult a dentist :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The fault's with timid management. The designers obviously are way ahead of the curve (sorry for the pun) but the bosses are time serving paper pilers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, I am proud to be in the presence of so many people here that have X-Ray vision and can see through camouflage.


      To be clear, this is what the Orlando concept looked like...
      ... and this camo'ed up production version looks pretty darn close of whatever details you can actually see. This is supposed to be a people-hauler (probably in the Mazda 5 class), not some sexy sports car, and of the details that are visible, it looks definitely decent.

      Most of the posts above remind me of when a few camo'ed up spy shots of the Camaro (which was also white) were shown and everyone immediately jumped to the (false) conclusion that GM messed up the design and how it was sooo much more tame than the concept version. Of course all that couldn't have been farther from the truth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This doesn't look good. The Orlando concept wasn't a real eye catcher to start with. What the concept had was all in the details...such as LED turn signals where we now see round fog lights... angular corners where we now have wind tunnel induced curves...headlights that terminated in a point where we now have bland minivan headlights... too bad.
      Maybe the GMC Granite will do better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I assume most of those changes to the front end are due to the European pedestrian protection laws. But you're right, there is no excuse to remove the LED fog lights and turn signals. And why compete with the Ford Flex? It sure seems much bigger in this spy shot compared to the concept.
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