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Concept-Chevrolet Orlando Preview

Concept-Chevrolet Orlando Preview

By Jeff Youngs, February 24, 2012

Critical Knowledge:
  • Chevrolet Orlando compact crossover concept is a 5-door, 7-seat multi-purpose vehicle
  • Based on same platform as all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan
  • Flared fenders and muscular stance provide SUV flavor to styling
  • Combines versatility of SUV, family van and wagon in one all-new product
  • Concept powered by Chevy's latest-generation, 150-hp, 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine
Introduction
After first debuting at the Paris Motor Show along with the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, the Chevrolet Orlando concept car, which is based on the same platform as the Cruze, makes its North American debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Orlando, a 5-door, 7-seat multi-purpose vehicle, looks a lot like an SUV, and Chevy says it combines the versatility of an SUV, a family van and a wagon in one vehicle. The Orlando's Paris debut signaled GM's clear intention to expand its global product offerings, and its arrival in Detroit would indicate that the Chevy HHR's days are numbered.

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Design
The Chevy Orlando's design is based on the recently announced 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, but the look is truly distinctive, with a more defined contrast between the windshield and hood lines. The Orlando concept sports flared fenders and it poses a muscular stance that makes it look much like an SUV. Chevy designed the vehicle to offer dynamic ride and handling qualities, but also provide easy access to the interior and outstanding fuel economy.

On the inside, the innovative Orlando has family needs in mind, with adaptable, theater-style, 7-passenger seating in three rows. According to Chevy, whenever load-carrying becomes a priority, the Orlando's fold-flat rear seats transform the cabin into a large cargo area. With its 108.6-inch wheelbase, coupled with wide front and rear tracks, and hinged side doors, the Orlando has plenty of interior room.

Hardware
If it reaches production, the Orlando would be powered by a 150-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that delivers 235 lb.-ft. of torque in overseas markets (Chevrolet has not yet announced whether the diesel, or the vehicle itself, would be offered in North America). With useful torque available across the power band, Chevrolet says the Orlando's small-displacement 4-cylinder engine combines surprising performance with excellent fuel economy. Also, Chevy notes the Orlando's architecture is car-based, a hallmark of a true crossover, according to the automaker. The Orlando concept also features speed-sensitive electric power steering.

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