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Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet Orlando

Chevrolet Orlando

A thousand things to do in a day. Fun, entertainment and relaxation for family and friends. That’s the vacation spirit Chevrolet has packed into its first ever European MPV. Like the Chevrolet models recently launched in other market sectors, it doesn’t follow convention. Chevrolet Orlando’s design – part MPV, part crossover – breaks the rules of a historically conservative segment; it makes a statement and stands out from the crowd.

Chevrolet’s new compact MPV brings swagger to the segment by adopting a bolder look with its low roofline and crossover inspired silhouette, while retaining the distinctive and recognizable Chevrolet ‘face’ depicted by the split radiator grille and bow-tie badge.

Based on the show car concept first seen in 2008, the Chevrolet Orlando is nevertheless a true family car for the times, combining 7-seater practicality, interior flexibility and generous load space.

“We’re confident the Orlando not only brings great value for money to the MPV class but at the same time something fresh – a certain function with attitude, as we put it,” says Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. “I believe it will also bring more new customers to the Chevrolet brand.”

“The new Chevrolet Orlando MPV has a key strategic role to play in Chevrolet’s continued product offensive in Europe as it kicks off an ambitious seven-product launch program over the next 15 months.”

Engines

Chevrolet’s latest powertrain offerings show the speed at which the company is developing and refining its engines. A number of new and significant engine developments are being introduced on both the 2011 model year Cruze and the Orlando.

At launch, Chevrolet Orlando customers will have a choice of three engines, one gasoline and two diesels. Each offers the latest in performance potential and fuel efficiency. All engines are transversely mounted 4-cylinder units with common features including double overhead camshafts, 16 valves and either multi-point fuel injection, or in the case of the diesels, common-rail technology.

All the engines are constructed with a cast-iron cylinder block and alloy head, where further weight savings have been achieved.

The single gasoline engine is a responsive, fuel-injected 1796cc unit which features variable valve timing for increased power output and torque over a wider engine speed range. Variable valve timing reduces emissions due to greater exhaust gas recirculation, and improves fuel consumption.

The 1.8 liter produces an impressive 141 hp at 6200rpm and strong pulling power with 176Nm of torque at 3800 rpm, 85% of which is available from 2000 rpm. Specific engine power per liter is 78.3. This normally aspirated 1.8 liter is also fuel efficient with consumption on a combined cycle at 7.3 liter/100km and emissions of 172g/km. It qualifies for Euro 5 emissions class.

Orlando’s maximum speed with the gasoline engine is 185kph with a 0 to 100kph time of 11.6 seconds when coupled with the standard 5-speed manual transmission.

Pulling power

The diesels are expected to be a popular choice among Orlando owners, and these engines benefit from a number of technical enhancements which are introduced on Chevrolet’s new entry. Both engines are of the same 1998cc displacement and share the same technology, but two power outputs are available.

The heart of each is a 16-valve, four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with cast-iron block and aluminum head, which features a double overhead cam (DOHC). Chevrolet Orlando’s advanced common rail injection system; peak firing pressure within the combustion chamber is 180 bar pressure resulting in improved fuel economy and lower emissions.

Chevrolet’s refinements to the intake system include a ‘variable swirl’ intake manifold that improves performance characteristics for both versions of diesel engines.

In the case of the higher output version, peak power is 163 hp at 3800rpm while maximum torque is 360Nm at 2000rpm. For the standard output engine, both engine power and torque are 130 hp at 3800rpm and 315Nm at 2000rpm.

Mated to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, performance figures for the Orlando with either version of the diesel engines are impressive. The 130 hp version has a top speed of 180kph and reaches 100kph from a standstill in 10.3 seconds. The 163 hp engine has a maximum speed of 195kph and reaches 100kph in 10.0 seconds.

In-gear times for the 163 hp engine are 12.2 seconds for acceleration between 40 and 100kph (4th gear) and 11.0 seconds for acceleration between 80 and 120kph (5th gear). Times for the 130 hp version are 12.7 seconds for in-gear acceleration from 40 to 100kph (4th gear) and 11.4 seconds between 80 and 120kph (5th gear).

Fuel economy and emissions figures are common to both engines at 6.0 liters/100km on a combined cycle with emissions of 159 g/km, making the engines Euro 5 compliant.

Joy of six

The 1.8-liter gasoline engine is fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission while both of the diesel engines have a six-speed box. However, the 163 hp high power version of the diesel is also available with Chevrolet’s six-speed automatic transmission.

This auto transmission features sophisticated electronics and adaptive shifting control as well as widely spaced ratios with a short first gear to ensure efficient take-off from standstill and long top gear for maximum fuel economy on the open road.

The Orlando diesel auto demonstrates some great mid-range thrust, as the official performance figures confirm: the in-gear acceleration figures for 40 to 100ph are just 9.0 seconds while the time for 80 to 120kph is 8.4 seconds; 0 to 100kph is 11.0 seconds.

As is to be expected from an automatic transmission, fuel economy and emissions are marginally increased over the manual at 7.0 liters/100km and 186 g/km.

Chevrolet Orlando customers will have a choice of engine and trim combinations. So, for example, the 1.8 gasoline will be available with all trims; the 2.0 130 hp diesel will be available on LS and LT trims; the higher-powered 163 hp version, with either manual or automatic transmission, can be ordered with LT and LTZ trim options.

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~ by fahikhn on February 11, 2011.

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