The 2011 Chevrolet Orlando was revealed at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and is a micro-van which uses the Cruze platform. This Chevrolet van won’t be released on the USA market, but is expected to be a real success on the European markets and also in Canada. The Chevrolet Orlando is the first attempt of Chevrolet to enter on the European MPV market. It’s a family car which combines the practicality of its seven seats with a stylish interior design.
The 2011 Chevrolet Orlando displays a bold look because of its low roofline and because of its lines that were inspired by the crossover’s silhouette. In the same time, the designers maintained the distinctive front of the Chevrolet cars, the well known bow-tie badge placed on the split radiator grille. The exterior design shows off some incredibly muscular wheel-arches which host wheels available in three different measures. You will be impressed by the large rounded headlamps placed in the front while when you will look at the rear you will feel the need to admire the narrow tail lamps.
Inside, this Chevrolet van features the newest design cues signed by Chevrolet: the dual cockpit of the well known Corvette and the blue backlighting used for the center console in many Chevrolet cars. But the most attractive features of the Chevrolet Orlando are the three rows of seats, the many storage locations included in the design and the spacious load area. I think that all these aspects will convince many families to buy this van. The design team managed to obtain a better view for the passengers by raising the second and the third row of seats. Because of the seat configuration, the 2011 Chevrolet Orlando is considered one of the largest MUVs in its segment. It also offers the possibility to carry heavy loads.
The storage spaces you can find inside this van are many and are included in the center console, the rear cargo, the front and rear doors and the roof. The Orlando also features a lot of modern gadgets including MP3 player, USB ports, a high performance audio system, a navigation system and air conditioning. An interesting design idea is the placement of a cubby and an USB audio input behind the second and third row benches.
Under the hood, the incredible 2011 Chevrolet Orlando hides one of the three fuel efficient engine choices available: two diesels and one gasoline. Without taking into consideration the fuel used, all the engines are placed transversally and include four cylinders, 16 valves and multi-point fuel injection (for the gasoline version) or rail technology (diesel engines). As a result, the gasoline version is a 1.8 liter engine able to produce 141 horsepower while the two diesel versions have a 2.0 liters capacity (one produces 131 horsepower and the other one 163 horsepower). This Chevrolet van is also equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, but the automatic option is also available. The safety measures of the 2011 Chevrolet Orlando include SRS airbags, an antilock brake system available with brake force distribution, child safety doors, three point seat belts and adjustable head restraints.
The buyers will have the opportunity to choose one of four trim levels available. The choice is offered to UK buyers. The standard package will include six air-bags, electronic stability control, electrically heated door mirrors and air conditioning. The 2011 Chevrolet Orlando will compete against the Maruti, Honda and Toyota models, but the company is confident about its place in the MUV segment. In the end, only the time will decide if Chevrolet scored with the new Chevrolet van.
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