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Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Orlando Unmasked, U.S. Sales Canceled

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Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Orlando Unmasked, U.S. Sales Canceled

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


May 10th, 2010

Chevrolet stated early last year that it would bring a production version of 2008’s Orlando concept vehicle to North American markets sometime in 2011, however, just weeks after revealing the updated Volt MPV5 concept, itself a new iteration of the Orlando design, GM has reversed the decision, instead choosing to focus on sales of the Equinox and other models.

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 could have entered production at the same Hamtramck plant in Detroit that will build the Cruze and Volt sedans. However, the new crossover is still a crucial model in Chevrolet’s global lineup, so production and sales are planned for European and South Korean markets.

These latest spy shots capture a 2011 Orlando prototype undergoing high-speed 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 have 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, 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 former GM exec Bob Lutz.



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It really does look like an HHR successor, with those fenders. I am still skeptical of a 3rd row in a vehicle this small, though.

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if it's as efficient as the Mazda5 or Kia rondo in that regard its an asset. Only young uns are using that third row in those vehicles. I have a friend who specifically wants a mazda5 because its small and has a third row. She would love the Orlando (assuming the styling doesn't gross her out.

Makes me wonder though blu, your comments make me think maybe the styling should have been retro like the HHR if you hint about it that way.

The interior looks positively cavernous.



maybe chevy will bring this vehicle here, but to replace the HHR which is why the HHR is being extended? I know the Granite is in the equation too. A new HHR could still sell. I wonder if a chop artist chop based on that photo is in order.

Edited by regfootball

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