The MPV segment in South Africa just got a new entry with the introduction of the new Chevrolet Orlando. Chev have designed the Orlando with a bit of a twist, aiming to be a MPV at heart but Crossover vehicle in style. With Chevrolet recently hitting a global sales record, it seems they are not slowing down at all and are looking to compete in as many vehicle classes as possible.
Likable styling for new Chevrolet OrlandoStyling-wise, the new Chevrolet Orlando keeps with the “Chev” style split radiator grille and bow-tie badge. It has a low roof-line with a crossover inspired silhouette and prominent wheel arches. Inside the Orlando lends from other Chev cars, with its dual cockpit layout being taken from the Corvette. The 3 rows of seats are ‘theatre-style’, which maximizes the interior space for up to 7 passengers and a large load carrying area. These theatre-style seats in the 2nd and 3rd rows can be raised and lowered to provide the passengers will improved views out of the vehicle.
As well as having the raising capability in the 2nd and 3rd row of seats, they can also be folded down independently to create a flat load area and further improve the load space of the vehicle. With these seats folded down the capacity of the Orlando is 1 499 litres, making it one of the best in the monocab MPV segment.
At launch the new Chevrolet Orlando comes with a 1.8 litre fuel-efficienct 16-valve petrol engine with multi-point fuel injection. The engine produces 104 kW at 6200rpm and 176 Nm of torque at 3800rpm. The transmission is a 5-speed manual and the fuel economy clocks in at 7.2 litres/100km with 171g/km of CO2 emsissions.