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Chevrolet Orlando rear viewGeneral Motors has released official details on the production 2011 Chevrolet Orlando MPV, which will make its first public appearance at this year's Paris Motor Show. As we reported earlier and confirmed again today, GM has no plans to offer the Orlando in the United States – a shame, too, since this would indeed be a fitting replacement for the aging, less-attractive Chevrolet HHR.

Inside, the Orlando offers seating for seven, though we imagine it's a bit cramped when fully loaded with people since this new MPV shares a platform with the smaller Chevrolet Cruze sedan. Nevertheless, GM says that there will be plenty of family-friendly interior amenities, including a hidden storage area behind the audio system's front fascia, first seen on the Orlando concept back in 2008.

European customers will be able to choose from three different powertrains – a 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder that produces 141 horsepower, and two 2.0-liter diesel units that offer 131 and 163 horsepower. We don't have official word yet but suspect that all of these powertrains will be coupled to six-speed automatic transmissions and that power will only be delivered to the front two wheels. Speaking of wheels, customers will be able to choose from a variety of alloy options, ranging from 16 to 18 inches in diameter.

As we've said before, it's easy to understand why GM wouldn't want to offer the Orlando in the States. The HHR is hanging in there in terms of sales, and folks looking for something larger are easily stepping up into the Chevrolet Equinox crossover. That said, neither of those vehicles are able to seat seven. You can read GM's own words about the Orlando in the press release, available after the jump.



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Chevrolet's new Orlando family van set to star in Paris

- Function with attitude: striking crossover look combined with 7-seater versatility
- Chevrolet brings great value entry to compact van segment
- World premiere at Paris Motor Show, start of sale in early 2011
- One of four Chevrolet world premieres to be presented in Paris

Chevrolet's first entrant into the European MPV/family van segment, the Orlando, will be one of the star attractions at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris on September 30, when the full production model makes its world debut. It will be one of four Chevrolet world premieres at the show.

Based on the show car concept first seen at Paris in 2008, the Chevrolet Orlando is a true family car for the times, combining 7-seater practicality and interior flexibility with striking crossover style design.

Chevrolet's new compact MPV eschews the bland designs sometimes seen in the segment, and instead adopts a bolder look with its low roofline and crossover inspired silhouette, while retaining the distinctive and recognizable Chevrolet 'face' depicted by the split radiator grille and bow-tie badge.

The Orlando's low swept roof line is complemented by the muscular, protruding wheel-arches, housing 16, 17 or 18 inch wheels.

The new Orlando MPV has a key role to play in Chevrolet's continued product offensive in Europe, as Wayne Brannon, president and managing director for Chevrolet Europe explains. "The new Orlando MPV kicks off an ambitious seven-product launch program over the next 15 months.

"We're confident the Orlando not only brings great value for money to the MPV class but also something fresh - function with attitude if you like - and the opportunity for us to continue building our volume across Europe. I believe it will also bring more new customers to the Chevrolet brand."

While the exterior of the new Orlando is sure to draw plenty of attention, the interior too features the latest design cues from Chevrolet such as the Corvette inspired dual cockpit and ambient blue backlighting to the centre console. However, it's the theatre style seating arrangement of the Orlando's three rows of seats, the generous load area and the numerous storage solutions that will also grab the attention of family motorists.

In spite of the sweeping roof-line, the designers have succeeded in raising the second and third row of seats, which means Orlando's occupants get an even better view both forwards and to the side. And with a wide variety of seating configurations possible, the Orlando can be quickly transformed into one of the most voluminous vans in the class when it comes to carrying loads.

Any hard working family car needs plenty of interior storage space for all the 'paraphernalia' that builds up. Like the Orlando concept car, the Orlando obliges with a range of compartments of different shapes and sizes situated in the center console, front and rear doors, rear cargo area and even the roof.

However, perhaps the most ingenious is a storage area hidden behind front fascia of the audio, and within easy reach of the both the driver and passenger. Seen originally on the Orlando concept car, the designers have been able to integrate a usefully large area which is revealed by flipping up the face of the audio, and large enough for such items as an MP3 player, sunglasses and wallets. Within the space itself, there is also a USB port – ideal for re-charging the MP3 or iPod when on the move.

The Orlando is based on Chevrolet's successful and award winning Cruze sedan, already proven to offer excellent ride and handling. Under the hood there will be a choice of three of Chevrolet's latest fuel efficient engines: one gasoline engine will be available, a 1.8 liter with power output of 141 hp and two diesel units, the latest version of Chevrolet's 2.0 liter engine with outputs of 131hp (low output) or 163 hp (high output).

Customers will also be able to choose from three trim levels with standard equipment on all cars including electronic stability control, six air-bags, air conditioning and power mirrors.

Full production of the Chevrolet Orlando starts in October with the car going on sale across Europe in early 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I was actually looking forward to buying a GM, yes the Orlando. The rear doors look much better than sliders on the C-Max or Mazda 5.

      Is it the prototype? No. Is it an affordable, fuel efficient, family hauler? Yes.

      Oh well, I guess I will get the C-Max and watch GM lose market share to Ford. Other options are the new Mazda5 or what ever update/version of the Kia Rondo that Hyundai comes out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is GM doing, that looks like it wont be selling good at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A shame we won't get it. It would do nicely against the Rondo and Mazda5
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought KIA just killed the Rondo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I think that KIA killed the Rondo because it could not compete with the Mazda5."

        The Mazda5 is far more fun to drive, but the Rondo was much quieter and more powerful. It also outsold the Mazda5 in 2007 and 2008.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spin cycle: I must have missed what your comment to dondonel_ had to do with the blog...

        @dondonel_ I agree! The headlights on the concept were stylish and sleek. It looks like they just went through and softened all of the sharp angles of the concept and came out with a bubbly, minivanish, blah car...
        P.S. don't listen to spin cycle, I give you permission to comment whenever you want to...haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        They left out all the interesting styling cues from the concept for absolutely no reason. The original styling of the concept was easy to put into production, but probably some 'marketing specialist' thought it was too daring. I would fire the guy responsible for this, look at the concept:
        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/detroit-2009-chevrolet-orlando-concept/

        and what is left of it:
        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/chevrolet-orlando-2/
        • 4 Years Ago
        @spin cycle
        Invisible made a comment on Orlando's production model bland styling, and I supported his position. How was my comment unrelated? I don't give a rat's ass where my reply gets located, I just don't read past the first couple of replies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        dondonel_:
        Please don't reply to unrelated items just to get your post at the top.

        This just isn't that kind of blog.
        Alex
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kinda glad it's not coming state-side anymore...this was expected of them removing the best styling cues from the concept. This now looks like a bloated Cobalt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bip-D-Bo said,

        "I think that KIA killed the Rondo because it could not compete with the Mazda5. I am in the market for a minivan, specifically a Mazda5. I didn't even know that the Rondo had a third row until it was killed. I just thought it was an overpriced, ugly wagon. I checked out the Rondo, hoping to find some clearance deals, and found that they go for no less than $21,000. I can get a new Mazda5 for less than $20,000. Why in the world would a single person, other than a die hard Kia fan, choose a Rondo over a Mazda5?"

        First, IIRC the Rondo sold more than the 5 for 2007-08.
        Second, the only ones that start for $21k are better-equipped EXs (which have standard leather in '09). Base/LX start below $20k: http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/2009-kia-rondo-2.htm

        Third, Kia often did offer large end-of-year rebates off the Rondo, up to several thousand off. Not sure what they officially offer now if anything as the Rondo is completely off Kia's site.

        Fourth, though the 5 is sportier the Rondo is a little more refined (not that either is really great) and feels a little roomier inside, particularly in width such as in the back seat (3-across vs. the 5's 2 seats, until the facelift is on sale). Plus, until '09 or '10 the 5 didn't offer stability control.

        Also:
        "Ford seems to have abandoned this market altogether, already crowded by the Sienna, Odessey and Quest. Hyundai seems to have abandoned their "Entourage.'"

        Hyundai dropped the Entourage but Kia still sells the Sedona. Though it's aging and just had a significant jump in price. And don't forget Chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that KIA killed the Rondo because it could not compete with the Mazda5. I am in the market for a minivan, specifically a Mazda5. I didn't even know that the Rondo had a third row until it was killed. I just thought it was an overpriced, ugly wagon. I checked out the Rondo, hoping to find some clearance deals, and found that they go for no less than $21,000. I can get a new Mazda5 for less than $20,000. Why in the world would a single person, other than a die hard Kia fan, choose a Rondo over a Mazda5?

        Anyway, Chevy probably crunched the numbers and decided they couldn't compete either. Hopefully Ford will be able to compete with the C-Max, but I doubt that they will. I'd bet that the C-Max will be a tad more upscale, but a higher degree more expensive than the Mazda5. The "microvan" market is real small in the US. Most people would rather spend a little bit more for a conventional sized minivan and feel safer.

        The conventional minivan market is also real tough, I think because minivan shoppers tend to be less impulsive, bargain hunting coupon clippers. In the auto industry profit is made in the impulse. Ford seems to have abandoned this market altogether, already crowded by the Sienna, Odessey and Quest. Hyundai seems to have abandoned their "Entourage." Ford has instead made the clever move to remove the sliding doors, install bigger wheels enabling them to sell their 3-row commuters for much more money as "crossovers" under the names Flex and Explorer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Typical GM.

        show us something great then ruin it and give us back to us.

        This Orlando looks like the current Impala.

        Yuck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The concept had the headlights tail off like they do on the cruze. I thought it was going to be a new styling cue for chevy but i guess not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to disagree with the statement that the HHR is less attractive. I would consider an HHR, but would not consider an Orlando, if for no other reason: aesthetics, regardless of how shallow that makes me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Less attractive HHR? I think the HHR is a beuty. This is soo meh
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know I am 4 pages late to these comments, but can I put my name in for an ORLANDO SS with a 2.0L DI Turbo and a 6 speed manual transmission.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this looks pretty sharp except for the rear end. And while I know they are SAYING that it won't come to the US, I think if it becomes a hot enough seller, it just might make it's way here to replace the HHR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uplander 2011!! the concept was wayyyy better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shove GM's 2.4L or 3.6L in there and I'd be interested.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is how they go bankrupt, they have a nice idea, Show a nice concept ....then BAM!!!! they shock the public with a production version so lame and cheap its unimaginable.

      That rear end just takes the life out of this car.
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