More grunt for Orlando, Cruze

2012-09-28 09:13

PARIS, France - Chevrolet will add new eninges to bolster its Orlando MPV and Cruze station wagon range as it shows it new engines at the 2012 Paris auto show.

According to the US automaker, what the brand’s been missing, at least in South Africa, is a mom’s taxi. With this in mind, Chevrolet's set its sights on the local MPV segment in 2011 with the launch of its Orlando.

Fans of large MPV will now have access to a punchy 1.4 turbo petrol engine which will complement the 1.8 petrol (only engine currently available in SA) and two-litre diesel engines already on offer.


The new 1.4 is capable of 103kW and peak torque of 200Nm from 1850-4900rpm. The engine is mated a six-speed manual and has a claimed fuel consumption is 6.2 litres/100 km.

The addition of electric power steering (EPS) and stop/start functionality to current two-litre diesel variants will translate into fuel savings of as much as 11%, reports Chevrolet

The 2013 Orlando will benifit from a rear-view camera the front passenger seat can be folded flat.


Chev will also add a 1.7 diesel to its Cruze station-wagon range. The new engine is capable of 119kW at 4000rpm, and 350Nm from 1750 rpm. The diesel unit propels the wagon to 100km/h in 9.75sec (manual) and top speed of 213km/h.

According to Chevrolet, the new engine has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100 km.

The powertrain offer also includes 1.4 turbo petrol and two-litre diesel in addition to the  1.6 and 1.8 petrol engines.

The Cruze station wagon will particularly appeal to families and individuals with an active lifestyle. The station wagon has 1478 litres of load space.

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