Chevrolet Orlando (2011–2015)

Model History

October 2008

Shown as concept at Paris Motor Show October 2008. Chevrolet’s signature double-deck radiator grille and prominent ‘bow-tie’ logo. Three rows of seats in a theatre-style layout, the Orlando’s interior can take up to seven adults or be quickly transformed to give a large, flat load carrying area. Cockpit has steeply raked centre console incorporating the gear lever, brushed metal-effect details and smart blue-backlit dials. Power comes from Chevrolet’s 2.0-litre 150PS common rail turbo-diesel engine developing 320Nm of torque, making it both lively and fuel-efficient.

Orlando is a seven-seat compact MPV, and the concept on display was fully engineered. So while the real thing will probably lose the funky neon-outlined door handles and mirrors, it will retain the American-style SUV looks – something Chevrolet is keen to make the most of. It’ll share underpinnings with the Vauxhall Zafira, but GM is keen to keep the two cars’ designs as far apart as possible. Indeed Orlando is likely to hit the market before the new Zafira – GM execs hinted at a full launch at the Frankfurt show in 12 months’ time.

August 2010

Production version launched at Paris Show October 2010 as Chevrolet's first entrant into the European MPV segment. Based on the show car concept first seen at Paris in 2008, the production Chevrolet Orlando combines 7-seater practicality and interior flexibility with striking crossover style design.

Interior too features the latest design cues from Chevrolet such as the Corvette inspired dual cockpit and ambient blue backlighting to the centre console. Tiered, theatre style rear seating arrangement, generous load area and numerous storage solutions. Orlando's occupants get an even better view both forwards and to the side. And with a wide variety of seating configurations possible, the Orlando can be quickly transformed into one of the most voluminous MPVs in the class when it comes to carrying loads.

The most ingenious storage area is hidden behind front fascia of the audio, and within easy reach of the both the driver and passenger. Seen originally on the Orlando concept car, the designers have been able to integrate a usefully large area which is revealed by flipping up the face of the audio, and large enough for such items as an MP3 player, sunglasses and wallets. Within the space itself, there is also a USB port – ideal for re-charging the MP3 or iPod when on the move.

The Orlando is based on Chevrolet's successful and award winning Cruze saloon, already proven to offer excellent ride and handling. Under the hood there will be a choice of three of Chevrolet's latest fuel efficient engines: one petrol engine will be available, a 1.8 litre with power output of 141 hp and two diesel units, the latest version of Chevrolet's 2.0 litre engine with outputs of 131hp (low output) or 163 hp (high output).

Buyers will also be able to choose from four trim levels in the UK with standard equipment on all cars including electronic stability control, six air-bags, air conditioning and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors.

Full production of the Chevrolet Orlando started in October 2010 with the car on sale across Europe from early 2011.

December 2010

Prices announced

  • LS 1.8 petrol 140PS manual £16,395 (23% BIK)
  • LS 2.0 VCDI diesel 130PS manual £17,645 (23% BIK)
  • LT 1.8 petrol 140PS manual £17,395 (23% BIK)
  • LT 2.0 VCDI diesel 130PS manual £18,645 (23% BIK)
  • LT 2.0 VCDI diesel 163PS automatic £20,395 (29% BIK)
  • LTZ 1.8 petrol 140PS manual £18,195 (23% BIK)
  • LTZ 2.0 VCDI diesel 163PS manual £20,195 (23% BIK)
  • LTZ 2.0 VCDI diesel 163PS automatic £21,195 (29% BIK)
  • LTZ Executive 2.0 VCDI diesel 163PS manual £22,195 (23% BIK)
  • LTZ Executive 2.0 VCDI diesel 163PS automatic £23,195 (29% BIK)

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