Orlando: Designed for the Family

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Chevrolet Orlando

The compact multi-purpose Chevrolet Orlando was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and introduced to North America at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. It is a five-door, seven- passenger vehicle that includes a two-tier grille and headlamps that flow into the front fender with muscular fender forms that wrap around the wheels.

The Chevrolet Orlando Performance

The Chevrolet Orlando is a vehicle that performs well in wet conditions. It is fitted with StabiliTrak traction, as well as ABS braking, that makes the steering and handling quite adequate and provides a smooth riding vehicle to travel in. Even any road noise is quite quiet. However, there was no optional navigation package to buy for drivers of the original Orlando model. The upright muscular stance styling comes with a good-looking exterior appearance, and an eye-catching display of its two-tiered grille and prominent Chevrolet logo.

The Orlando Interior

The Chevrolet Orlando is fitted with large intuitive controls and a well-fitted dashboard that includes the stereo. It comes full of convenient functions such as Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 and USB playback, as well as storage space for MP3 players and Smartphones. The interior's fit and finish make an impressive statement with an assortment of some brushed aluminium-look accents and a piano black insert stretching from door handle to door handle. An easy to read analogue cluster displaying the radio settings, temperature, and the time all add to the pleasure of the ride.

Convenient Seating

The Orlando comes with five-doors and three rows of seating that can be folded down if extra space is required for hauling or storing. The higher seating in the Orlando allows the third-row passengers to still be involved in the conversation, and also to be monitored with the flip-down child mirror. The second row of seats comes with a 60/40 split and the third row has a 50/50 split, giving a space of about 1,600- Litres, or 56 cubic feet. The five-door configuration is very functional as the wide swinging-style doors provide a better access for the third-row occupants than sliding doors do, but not if you have parked in a tight parking space!

What You will Find under the Hood

The Chevrolet Orlando has a 65 Litre tank and is powered by a direct-injected 2.4-Litre Ecotec engine, producing 174 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder engine is mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The Orlando engine and transmission, however, does provide exemplary fuel economy with 10.6 L/100 km in the city and an impressive 6.9 L/100 km on the highway.