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Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Orlando

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Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet confirmed early last year that it would bring a production version of 2008’s Orlando concept vehicle to North American markets sometime in 2011, reversing an earlier decision to only sell the vehicle overseas.

The Orlando is based on the same front-wheel drive Delta platform that underpins cars like the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt plug-in hybrid, and despite its compact proportions the upcoming crossover will be able to seat seven.

Being based on the Delta platform means the Orlando will most likely enter production at the same Hamtramck plant in Detroit that will build the Cruze and Volt sedans. However, the new crossover will be a crucial model in Chevrolet’s global lineup, with production planned for Europe and South Korea as well.

These latest spy shots capture a 2011 Orlando prototype undergoing cold weather testing in Europe. They reveal that the production Orlando will keep the boxy design, swept-back roof, and blunt front-end of the concept, although it appears that the sliding door and split tailgate configuration of the show car has been dropped in favor of a conventional four-door body and vertically lifting tailgate.

Expect a similar powertrain lineup to the one in the Cruze for North American markets, which means a range of four-cylinder gasoline engines in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms. A plug-in hybrid version using the Voltec system borrowed from the Volt may also make an appearance according to previous comments from GM vice chairman and former product planner Bob Lutz.

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http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1041978_spy-shots-2011-chevrolet-orlando

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Did I ask why you said it was "looking good" I guess you like all the coverings that hide the fine lines, Ok then, why did you say it was "LOOKING GOOD" when you can't see it.

I have no use for a 7 passenger mini van 6 passenger, 5 passenger mini van. I have no use for any van of any size.

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Looks like a Hefty bag. Personally, I'd love to have the Hubert H. Humphry Metrodome on wheels.

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Did I ask why you said it was "looking good" I guess you like all the coverings that hide the fine lines, Ok then, why did you say it was "LOOKING GOOD" when you can't see it.

I have no use for a 7 passenger mini van 6 passenger, 5 passenger mini van. I have no use for any van of any size.

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It's a 2011 Dodge Colt Vista

Yeah, a bland but practical people mover for families. Doesn't hurt to have a few of those in the line.

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Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban. Do we really need another Chevy crossover/SUV?

This is different than all of those, more of a small MPV. No CUV/SUV affectations. And it's a global model, like the Spark, Aveo and Cruze.

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I believe this will be replacing the HHR...it's more of an MPV I think.

It may take the place in the line up but it will never replace the HHR. I think they will lose about half of the buyers of the HHR. When you take away the special styling to look like all the other people movers and you remove any performance options that takes out most HHR buyers.

The only thing that will make it do well here is if it is cheap.

This will be great in Europe where these kinds of vehicles do well and require the 3rd seat. Most people in the state that want a 3rd seat want a bigger vehicle.

I just don't see it selling in the numbers the HHR did here unless they go heavy on fleet sales.

This is kind of like the 1957 Nomad getting replaced with the 1958 Nomad. Just another wagon.

I know GM needs normal cars but the odd ones are the ones that make GM different.

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I dunno, the HHR always seemed like a late to teh party PT Cruiser knockff, which it was. I think over time I grew to like its styling but as Chrysler proved, its hard to update a retro car.

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I'll reserve my opinion until I see the production version which I would assume will drop at either Chicago or New York? Regardless I think it will fill a nice niche in North America and will make up for the loss of the Uplander/SV6 which when combined were in the top ten sales of vehicles in Canada from 2005-09. Even so I wish GM would compete in the Minivan Segment.

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GM needs to pay off its debt and needs to sell 'normal' products. After that, then "the odd ones ... that make GM different" can be built.

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You guys are all full of yourselves.

Yes, GM does need a CUV style minivan. I thought this might be it, but the door changes alone

blow that image away! .... and they still have not learned how to make a flat level floor with

2nd row seats folded! What is really needed is an updated Astro, with sliding doors on both sides,

the dutch door rear end, which nobody else had, and the drive train upgrades of current models!

There still is a minivan market out there, that you try to deny! Over ONE MILLION SOLD!!!!

Ask Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and Kia if there isn't a market there.....

Now if GM will get its head out of its' a--, and realize familys need multipurpose vehicles!

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You guys are all full of yourselves.

Yes, GM does need a CUV style minivan. I thought this might be it, but the door changes alone

blow that image away! .... and they still have not learned how to make a flat level floor with

2nd row seats folded! What is really needed is an updated Astro, with sliding doors on both sides,

the dutch door rear end, which nobody else had, and the drive train upgrades of current models!

There still is a minivan market out there, that you try to deny! Over ONE MILLION SOLD!!!!

Ask Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and Kia if there isn't a market there.....

Now if GM will get its head out of its' a--, and realize familys need multipurpose vehicles!

I agree with your point, that GM needs to re-enter the minivan market with a competitive product. My wife wishes we could buy a minivan, but since GM or Ford don't make one I won't consider any others. She tried to convince me to consider a Dodge or Chrysler, but I just can't seem to like them (looked at both of them at the 2010 Philly Auto Show). I wish GM got back into the game.

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You guys are all full of yourselves.

Yes, GM does need a CUV style minivan. I thought this might be it, but the door changes alone

blow that image away! .... and they still have not learned how to make a flat level floor with

2nd row seats folded! What is really needed is an updated Astro, with sliding doors on both sides,

the dutch door rear end, which nobody else had, and the drive train upgrades of current models!

There still is a minivan market out there, that you try to deny! Over ONE MILLION SOLD!!!!

Ask Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, and Kia if there isn't a market there.....

Now if GM will get its head out of its' a--, and realize familys need multipurpose vehicles!

Another "we need the Astro back" thread.....banghead.gif

Don't get me wrong, I like the Astro twins...my mom has one, and she loves it. Damn things are rocks, and I'd still consider one in a heartbeat...

That said, welcome to a few decades ahead, my friend. There are few people who use Vans the way they used to. Gas prices alone are not going to make that feasible.......

The future in Vans is the Ford transit. Gm should think about that, I would think. Heck, this might be my mom's next "van".

They need to be flexible, and easy to care for. Good on gas. Interchangable interior.

Small will be the way to go.....

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This will be an addition to the lineup, NOT a suitable replacement for the HHR. There will be a hole left in the lineup when the HHR is gone. And good luck fitting anyone with legs into the third row. That space would have been better utilized as cargo area.

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I heard rumors the Orlando is going to be built in Lordstown. is this true? hamtramck is going to get the Volt and is also going to be assembling some Malibu's, Fairfax cant keep up with the demand of both the Lacrosse and Malibu.

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