Sep 22, 2010
One of the four premieres is the Chevrolet Orlando, which is derived from the concept presented at the Paris Motor Show 2008. The second world premiere, Chevrolet Aveo, is a car with a youthful look addressed to younger customers, because of its sporty hot-hatch appearance. A four-door sedan hatchback variant will be launched next summer.
The new Chevrolet Captiva, the third world premiere represents technically a facelift of the current variant. Major adjustments can be observed just at the front side of the car, the back experiencing a slight redraw. On the other hand, this Chevrolet variant introduces a new range of engine.
The fourth premiere, but not least, is the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback variant, which will compete with Kia Cee’d, Citroen C4, Fiat Brava or even VW Golf.
The star of the show is in any case represented by Orlando variant, the first Chevrolet MPV/ mono volume segment on the European market. Chevrolet Orlando will be one of the main attractions of the Paris Motor Show 2010.
Based on the prototype presented in Paris 2008, Orlando is a truly modern family car, a vehicle that combines the pragmatism of a car having seven seats and the interior flexibility with a unique crossover design.
The new compact MPV Chevrolet adopts a more daring look, with a lowered roof line and a silhouette inspired by the crossover variants. In the same way, it retains a distinct Chevrolet front side, easy to recognize because of the radiator grille.
Orlando slim line roof design is completed by the prominent, powerful looking wheel arches, accommodating 16, 17 or 18 inches wheel rims.
The new MPV Orlando will play an essential role in the ongoing Chevrolet European offensive, as Wayne Brannon, president and general manager of Chevrolet Europe, explains: “The new MPV Orlando begins an ambitious program of launching seven products, which will develop in the next 15 months. We believe that the Orlando variant brings an exceptionally price-quality rate and also something new-functionality with attitude, if we can express it this way. Moreover, it offers us the opportunity to continue our increasing number of cars sold across Europe. I believe this variant will gain more new customers for Chevrolet.”
Although the exterior of the new Orlando will certainly attract a lot of attention, the interior also offers the latest Chevrolet interior design elements: double driving position (inspired by Corvette) and the blue ambient light for the center console. However, family drivers will be also attracted to the amphitheater-style in which the seats on the three rows are arranged, to the generous cargo area and numerous storage solutions.
Every respectable family car needs plenty of interior space for storing all the things that accumulate inside. As the prototype, the Orlando variant offers a wide range of compartments of various shapes and sizes located in the center console, on the front and rear doors, rear load area and even the ceiling.
However, the most cleverly hidden storage space is placed behind the control panel of the audio system, which is handy for both driver and the front passenger. The designers have managed to integrate a compartment which can be accessed by lifting the audio panel and which is large enough for items like a wallet, an MP3 player or sunglasses. In the interior of this storage space, there is also a USB plug, perfect for recharging the MP3 player or the Ipod while driving.
Orlando is based on the successful Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which won several awards and proved to provide excellent travel maneuverability. As for the compartment under the hood you can choose one of the latest three engine types with a low fuel consumption: there will be available a 1. 8 liter gasoline engine with an output of 141 hp and two diesel units, the latest version of the Chevrolet engine of 2.0 liters developing 131 hp or 163 hp power.
The production series of Chevrolet Orlando begins in October, and its sale in Europe will begin in the first months of 2011.