- Crossover styling introduces SUV elements to MPV segment
- Unmistakeable Chevrolet face
- High-tech, stylish interior
From first glance the new Chevrolet Orlando presents itself as an MPV that breaks the traditional family MPV mould. It makes it own unique design statement that distinguishes it from the pack.
Established fundamental elements of MPV design have in the past been dictated by the requirement to provide seating for seven people and offer flexibility in seating arrangements relative to load area. This has typically resulted in one-dimensional box designs.
The Orlando design team set out to change that by introducing a fresh new design approach to the MPV segment with their first European flavoured offering. The result is a vehicle that is immediately recognisable as a Chevrolet but with crossover styling that blends SUV visual elements with MPV functionality.
The front of the vehicle is defined by Chevrolet’s unmistakeable dual-port grille with body cover divide and prominent Chevrolet bow-tie motif. The bonnet line is sculpted with a centre crease line that flows into the front fender fenders with their prominently flared wheel arches that emphasise the ‘body-in, wheels-out’ design philosophy. The Orlando features lower body cladding, including a deep front splitter below the bumper section, which houses the front fog lamps.
The side profile is characterised by a gently rising shoulder line that starts at the top of the front wheel arch and runs the length of the vehicle through into the rear light cluster. This compliments the sweeping roof-line as it tapers towards the rear of the vehicle to provide the Orlando’s distinctive sporty silhouette. Wide area side glass provides maximum visibility for occupants whichever row they are seated in.
Viewed from the rear the Orlando presents what the designers refer to as a ‘maximum square motif’, an appearance that gives the impression of solidity and SUV robustness.
A prime objective for the final execution of the Orlando as it transitioned from show concept vehicle to production reality was for the driver and passengers to enjoy sedan levels of comfort together with MPV functionality. As a consequence the driver environment matches the look and feel of a sedan with a number of styling cues transferred across from the popular Cruze.
Amongst these is the wraparound styling of the instrument panel as it flows across the front of the vehicle into the door trims. A feature of the front console layout is the dual-cockpit design first featured on the Chevrolet Corvette.
Instrument dials are recessed with overhead cowls for a strong, sporty appearance. The gear shift is fully integrated in the centre console stack design.
Different specification levels offer variations in interior trim. The LS models have a silver instrument panel, mid-wing, and door console, black audio and centre console and flat woven cloth for the seats.
The LT specification has a leather covered steering wheel with audio controls, a special silver door console, a larger infotainment screen and leather trim as standard. At this level the centre console features ambient blue back-lighting that adds a feel of high-tech sophistication.