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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Chevrolet Orlando lands in the Philippines

The Covenant Car Company (Chevrolet Philippines) has finally released its contender in the multipurpose-vehicle market by launching the seven-seater Orlando at the Chevy Motorama, which is currently running at the Music Hall of the SM Mall of Asia until November 13. The Orlando's arrival came just over a year after Chevrolet Philippines told TopGear.com.ph that it "is looking at making the Chevy Orlando part of our portfolio in the future."

Chevrolet Philippines proudly boasts that its newest compact MPV has "the aesthetics of an SUV, the convenient size of a crossover and the three-row seating, seven-passenger capacity of a minivan." True to form, the Orlando's name instantly creates a connection between the vehicle to a popular family destination in the state of Florida in the United States.

Chevrolet's new compact MPV eschews the bland designs usually seen in the segment and instead adopts a bolder look with its low roofline and crossover-inspired silhouette. It bears, of course, the brand's distinctive face depicted by the split radiator grille and bow-tie badge.

The Orlando's interior also features the latest design cues from Chevrolet like the Corvette-inspired dual cockpit and ambient blue backlighting to the center console. Numerous seating configurations are also possible.

The second- and third-row seats may be stored independently or together to make a completely flat load area that can accommodate as much as 1,594 liters of cargo. The theater-style seating arrangement of the Orlando's three rows of leather seats and the numerous storage solutions are sure to attract the attention of family motorists. Perhaps the most ingenious is the storage area hidden behind the front faceplate of the audio system. By simply flipping up the faceplate, items like sunglasses, wallets or even an MP3 player can be stored in it sunglasses and wallets. Within the space itself, there is also a USB port--ideal for re-charging an iPod when on the move.

The convenience that comes with owning an Orlando doesn't stop there as it also comes with features like electronic/automatic cruise control, power-operated windows, pulse and moisture-sensitive wipers, automatic headlamp controls and a tire repair kit for families that are becoming ever more self-sufficient in every day dealings.

The Orlando's means of propulsion is via a 1.8-liter inline-four engine that, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, gives it an output of 139hp and 176Nm of torque.

Making the Orlando an attractive proposition for families who are looking to buy a brand-new car is its family-friendly price of P1,188,888.

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