|From the recently introduced Chevrolet Sonic to the new Chevrolet Orlando Multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), Naza Quest is bidding to spread its product line-up in a hurry. When the company took over the ‘Bowtie’ brand in 2010, only two major Chevrolet variants were on the offer the Cruze and Captiva, then the Colorado pick-up came about in late last year.|
Today, Naza Quest brought forth the Chevrolet Orlando, making it the second Chevrolet MPV in the country after the previous Nabira years ago. The Orlando features aesthetics of an SUV, the convenient size of a crossover and the three-row seating, seven-passenger capacity of a minivan.
Chevrolet Orlando front fasciaChevrolet Orlando’s rear profile
On the exterior, the Chevrolet Orlando adopts a bolder look with its low roofline, tapered rear, prominent wheel arches and crossover-inspired silhouette. The brand DNA is unmistakably Chevrolet with the trademark split radiator grill and Bowtie emblem defining the MPV’s façade.
The Orlando is in fact a 7-seater based on the GM’s global delta platform with a crossover styling that appeals to a wider range of drivers. The Orlando shares a number of the attributes of that platform including exemplary ride and handling characteristics and an adequate driving experience. With its stylish functionality and sporty appearance, it is indeed a refreshing alternative to other MPVs currently on the road. The Orlando LT variant takes on 17” alloy wheels for a more dynamic stance.
Corvette inspired cockpit
The interior design of the Orlando draws on numerous Chevrolet design cues. Amongst these are the sporty Corvette inspired dual cockpit layout and blue ambient back-lighting for the center console, whilst the audio unit carries bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices i.e. smartphones. The Orlando’s dashboard, center console and major switches are positioned to be driver-centric.
The ‘theatre-style’, raised tier format of seating arrangement for the three rows of seats maximizes interior space utilization to provide comfortable accommodation for 7 together with a generous load area. Despite the Orlando’s low roofline, the headroom hasn’t been compromised, and the second and third rows of seats can be raised to allow greater flexibility for the occupants. The third row’s headroom of the Orlando rivals that of any competitors’ MPVs.
For extra stuff at the back, simply fold down the second and third row seats for a completely flat load area and load capacity of up to 1499 liters. Normal load capacity for the Orlando is 856 liters. In addition, there are ample lesser compartments all around inside the Orlando, including the hidden one beneath the head audio unit which is made for sunglasses, minor items. This hidden compartment also houses an aux jack and a USB port. Meantime, the telescopic steering offers switches for audio functions and cruise control. Rear passengers get air vents for more effective air-conditioning which is especially convenient on long haul journeys.
The Orlando is powered by a 1.8l, 16-valve petrol engine with multi-point fuel injection. This engine produces maximum power of 141hp @ 6200 rpm and 176 Nm of torque. Drive is via a 6-speed automatic transmission, while fuel efficiency is accorded 7.9l/100 km based on a combined cycle.
Safety equipment for the Orlando is equally exemplary from the active features like the 2 airbags. rear park assist, ABS, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control and Brake Assist to the robust high-strength steel body and safety cage for enhanced protection in the event of a collision and the ISOFIX for children.
The Chevrolet Orlando comes at a price tag of RM 118,888.00 with a 5 -ear or 200,000km warranty, as well as a complimentary GM Tech Dexos engine oil change at every 15,000km interval. Six colors are valid for the Chevy Orlando: Switchblade Silver, Gun Smoke Grey, Satin Steel Grey, Carbon Flash Black, Deep Espresso Brown and Summit White; all hues are metallic except white.