Chevrolet Orlando 1.8 LT Review
Orlando Blooms

Story by Justin Lee Photos by Justin Lee and Raymond Lai
4 Nov 2011
 

Chevrolet finally enters the 7-seater market with the Orlando, lending a comfortable American flavour to the MPV sector. And as with the other members of the Chevrolet family, it benefits from having a mixed heritage that draws the best ideas from General Motors’ divisions in America, Europe and Asia.

Happy Families

Disney claims that its Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida, is the “Happiest Place in the World”, and it is because of this family-friendly image that Chevrolet has christened its latest 7-seater Orlando.

Based on a stretched Cruze chassis (GM’s Delta platform), the Orlando shows just how focused GM is on meeting the needs of its Asian customers, and making the brand a credible alternative to the Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Like the Wish, Lafesta and Stream, it is remarkably sedan-like to drive instead of being a full-sized MPV like the Previa or Odyssey.

One aspect that is sets the Orlando apart from its Japanese and European rivals is its North American styling. Instead of being slim-lined and sleek, the Orlando, true to its American Chevrolet heritage, has chunky, muscular lines, which certainly give it a presence that is unmistakable. When parked next to a Wish or Stream, the Orlando has a chiseled Hummer-like stance, looking like a buzz-cut, square-jawed Marine standing next to a skinny office worker. 

That’s not to say the Orlando isn’t styled – for example, around the thick D-pillars, its designers have artfully provided for beveled the edges to reduce its mass, and the roof rails are stylishly integrated, extending from the roof down to the rear window, giving an additional detail that also helps to break the form of Orlando’s blocky mass. And instead of having simply black roof rails, those on the Orlando are painted in either black or silver, contrasting to body colour. Other styling details include blacked out panels that fill-out the wheel arches, making the Orlando look more rugged and outdoorsy than its rivals. 

Physically, the Orlando is both larger and heavier than the Wish, Stream and also its European rivals such as the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Volkswagen Touran, but is   not as large has the full-sized MPVs such as the Chrysler Grand Voyager or Toyota Previa.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1796cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (80.5 x 88.2)mm
Power 141bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 176Nm @ 3800rpm
Power to Weight 92.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 185 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type MPV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4652 x 1836 x 1633) mm
Wheelbase 2760 mm
Turning Circle 5.65 metres
Kerb Weight 1528 kg

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs