In the UK, Chevrolet’s image is a confusion of American muscle car maker and low-end vehicle producer. Think of a Chevrolet Camaro parked next to a Chevrolet Spark and you’ll get what we mean. That confusion is probably not helping the brand get a footing in the British market, but perhaps cars like the Chevrolet Orlando can.
Chevrolet started life in the UK by taking over from Daewoo , the company known for not selling through traditional dealers. Chevrolet’s original MPV for the UK market was a rebranded Daewoo Tacuma, but the Orlando is different. It’s a solidly built Chevrolet, available with two engines – a 1.8 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre diesel, and three trim levels – LS, LT and LTZ.
Inside the MPV has seven seats which can be adapted into multiple seating combinations or folded flat for a large load area. There are also a wide range of storage places for concealing personal items, and from the driver’s point of view the Corvette like dual-cockpit forms the centrepiece of the interior space. There’s an MP3 player on-board to entertain the passengers and plenty of leg and headroom for adults in the back.
With an MPV, safety is probably more important than performance, so the latest airbag technology is included to keep everyone safe and dual ISOFIX is standard to keep baby and children protected in their car seats. There’s a high energy absorption system throughout the cabin to take the effect of impacts, and high tensile steel has been used to protect the side pillars and the fuel tank. With all this attention to detail, the Orlando can only enhance the public’s perception of the Chevrolet brand.