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Chev dazzles with Orlando MPV

2010-08-31 06:50
Chevrolet’s stylish Orlando MPV is based on the Cruze sedan, yet combines the practicality of a people mover with the style of a crossover.

Based on the concept car first seen at the Paris Motor Show in 2008, the sexy seven-seater is considered a key addition to the Chevrolet range in Europe. President and managing director for Chevrolet Europe Wayne Brannon said, "The new Orlando MPV kicks off an ambitious seven-product launch programme over the next 15 months.”

With its bold styling and low-slung roofline, Orlando is expected to poach buyers loyal to rival brands. Apart from its attention-grabbing exterior, the interior is said to show off Corvette-inspired detailing, such as the dual cockpit idea, along with trendy blue backlighting for the centre console.

Despite the low roofline, Orlando’s seven seats are arranged in theatre-style with the second and third rows being elevated to give occupants a clearer view of the road ahead. The modular seating layout also allows the interior to be configured to a range of requirements.

A clever packaging feature is the “face” on the audio unit that can be flipped to reveal a storage area that also houses a USB port.

Orlando is based on the Cruze sedan and the range of powertrains is expected to be duplicated in the MPV range.

Orlando production kicks off in October and goes on sale in Europe early next year. GMSA told Wheels24 “it (Orlando) is currently being considered for our domestic market as we look to broaden our product offering and increase our market share.”
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