Chevrolet Orlando arrives in Philippine market

 

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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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  • spiderpig2894 Nov 12 2011 @ 04:23pm
    Big Kia Soul? LOL
  • aeronTGco Nov 12 2011 @ 04:43pm
    Better watch out Toyota Innova! Gotta bring in your new version to avoid losing in the MPV competition....
  • 17Sphynx17 Nov 12 2011 @ 06:17pm
    Given the price, isn't this more geared towards to duke it out against the Grandis & Carens given that it is priced at around 1.2m and not in the range of 900k?

    Btw, is it a 6/7 seater? Or is it an 8 seater? Couldn't find it in the article, sorry.

    Just to clarify also, among the MPV line ups, in the less than 1m segment, we have the Fusion, Innova, MPV, Carens (some models) I think. 1m - 1.5m, we have the Top of the line Innovas, Top of the line Carens, Grandis and Orlando right?
  • Kriscarlo09 Nov 12 2011 @ 07:49pm
    ang mahal naman ng mga chevrolet!
  • ashek268 Nov 12 2011 @ 07:49pm
    Is this another korean-rebadged chevrolet?
  • ashek268 Nov 12 2011 @ 07:51pm
    " 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. " - It looks like underpowered. And a Gas guzzler.
  • jetski Nov 12 2011 @ 08:13pm
    nice pricing covenant it's time for Toyo, Mitsu, Niss, Isuzu to reinvent their People mover...
  • rdjl_13 Nov 12 2011 @ 10:09pm
    The Innova still has an edge because of the diesel engine. But I'll go with the Orlando if my choice was a gasoline engine. :D
  • barry Nov 12 2011 @ 10:16pm
    eto daw ang pambato nila sa ford escape...
    • BOOGIECAT Nov 12 2011 @ 11:07pm
      Meh..Grand Livina at Carens ang katapat nyan.
  • BOOGIECAT Nov 12 2011 @ 11:16pm
    Its more like Cruze with 7 seats!Its got 6 airbags and traction control!
  • tgstig Nov 12 2011 @ 11:17pm
    ang mahal, tapos hindi diesel, malakas sa gas kasi underpowered, eh ang laki pa naman ng body nito
    • BOOGIECAT Nov 12 2011 @ 11:56pm
      May six airbags at traction control yan kaya ganyan ang presyo nyan.Di yan kasing tagtag at kasing primitive ng Innova,Crosswind at iba pa!
  • Feeter Silverster Nov 13 2011 @ 12:07am
    It got 139 horsepower naman eh, kahit 7 seater sya eh tingin ko kayang-kaya yan kahit gas engine.
    Parang mas spaciuos pa sya vs. Tucson/ Sportage...
    Remember Nissan Urvan which seats 14 passengers got only 85 horsepower. The powerful Starex TCI which seats 10- 13 only got 103 horsepower.
  • Feeter Silverster Nov 13 2011 @ 12:08am
    Lalo ng walang bumili ng Cruze
  • HAHAman Nov 13 2011 @ 01:13am
    For 1,188,888? I'd still gun for the Innova V. This poses no immediate threat to the Toyota cash cow.
  • Restomodz Nov 13 2011 @ 01:47am
    It a must tho, if covenant gave the "1.2m" price, the after sales service should be excelent and more free accessories goes with the package price.

    By the way, those headlamp look like a headlamp of Mitsubishi Adventure, diference is in the inside design of the lamp... hehehe...
  • Leopaul Nov 13 2011 @ 04:38am
    Looks like the Mitsubishi Fuzion will be doomed for now...
  • ryanjarina Nov 13 2011 @ 07:12am
    Patay yung Fuzion, at Innova dito! for P1.8, ang ganda yung loob at may "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."

    Mayroon kayo iyon Toyota at Mitsubishi?
    • BOOGIECAT Nov 13 2011 @ 09:29am
      1.188.888 Pesos yan at hindi 1.8 Million Pesos..Mas pipiliin ko pa ang Orlando kaysa sa Innova V at Crosswind Sportivo!
    • ryanjarina Nov 14 2011 @ 05:13am
      hahaha!! Tama! Sorry mali yung type ko! Pero P1.188.888, ang ganda yung features sa price dito! Sawa na ako sa itsura ng Innova! Luma na iyan!!
  • vinci24 Nov 13 2011 @ 07:44am
    akala ko van version ng kia rio! nyahahaha
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 13 2011 @ 11:00am
    @ashek268, it may have been developed by GM Korea like the Cruze, but its 100% GM. Take note the Cruze and Orlando are based on the same basic platform as the Opel Astra and Zafira. The Orlando is basically the Zafira equivalent of Chevrolet. Its a Compact MPV.
  • Sean Nov 13 2011 @ 03:11pm
    The dash resembles the fiesta's design, especially the center controls, even the air vents are shaped the same as well as the side mirror controls.
  • JoHunter Nov 13 2011 @ 04:36pm
    Aesthetics of an SUV? I don't think so.
  • tgstig Nov 13 2011 @ 06:34pm
    pero mas maganda ang interior neto sa kesa sa innova, plus flat fold seats
  • gundam Nov 13 2011 @ 07:25pm
    Mahal yan. Gasoline engine pa na 1.8L lang parang sa grand livina.
    Kung diesel siguro pwede pa. Saka malamang ma downgrade pa yan lalo na yung wheels.
    Yung carens nga na diesel na sa price na yan eh di pa mabenta.
  • wenski Nov 13 2011 @ 07:42pm
    why not bring the 2.0L diesel model in the Philippines, mas mabibili yun dito.
    • BOOGIECAT Nov 13 2011 @ 11:47pm
      Malamang umabot sa 1.3-1.4 Million Pesos yan pag nilabas nila yan..Mas lalong di mabebenta yan.

      AFAIK there's no 2 Liter gas engine variant of it even in Korea
  • GTi Nov 13 2011 @ 08:57pm
    VCDi and 2.0L gas engine please. The interior pics indicate the availability of a diesel somewhere out there... So parehong pareho lang ito sa Cruze? Even in the part na bulok yung transmission?
  • zed370 Nov 14 2011 @ 04:14am
    We have the 2.4L version here in Canada and the 6sp M/T variant goes for $20k taxes shippingfees it's not that big of a car - just right. the 3rd row seems a little cramped though. Good for Chevy Philippines for introducing this ! :D
  • priusv6 Nov 14 2011 @ 10:14am
    Bring disel then will sell like hot cake, how come compare this car with toyota innova..?? innova is good for third countries..not in US, EU, australia, korea, even japan, no innova, no fortuner... why? still don't no reason? i wonder why filipino still loves those third countries model.... go for high tech and high quality car. not just cheap car. better to buy chiness car if needs cheap car..if u willing to buy car check first if that car selling in G20 countries..then go for it.
  • bruce Nov 14 2011 @ 10:02pm
    i also thought it's underpowed.. probably need to check the power to weight ratio
  • Restomodz Nov 15 2011 @ 12:34am
    There is one for sale 2nd hand Chevrolet Orlando Diesel Variant and it cost 800K Neg.
    Diesel variant please TCCCI....

    Check out link:
    http://www.adpost.com/ph/vehicles/115490/
  • srephim Jan 15 2012 @ 12:23am
    Quite pricey for an MPV. You're already moving into SUV territory with that sticker price.
  • iam3739 Mar 01 2012 @ 08:00am
    NICE!

    But not really practical for provincial use. Everest gets belly scratched here in Bukidnon.
  • Merckinz Aug 29 2012 @ 10:47pm
    Talo ito ng Innova sa kargahan at sa lubak. Sigurado na yan, ang baba ng ground clearance. Puro porma lang.
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