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For the family guy: the Chevrolet Orlando

A little nitro could make things better
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 18, 2011
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Sure, we’d all love to have that sexy two-door roadster in our garage too, but really, a family man’s got more practical concerns to think about these days. Read: seating space.

For those whose families are growing, Chevrolet Philippines’ newly launched Chevrolet Orlando, a seven-seater multipurpose vehicle. It is a viable choice for hauling your family around, your wife, your little rascals, and maybe even grandma too. It’s spacious and comfy—two things we like in our minivans—and has tremendous potential to be the vehicle most likely to be borrowed by your teenage son for his barkada out-of-town trips.

When you think of minivans, well, all we know is, it’s not exactly scintillating brain fluff. They’re boring contraptions—boxy, bite-less designs that no ever really dreams of. So, let’s give credit to Chevy for painting the Orlando with some pizzazz. The boys and girls at give praise to the car’s bolder look that’s highlighted by a “low roofline and crossover-inspired silhouette,” while maintaining that Chevy flavor with its split radiator grille and bow-tie badge.

Those, combined with the car’s pronounced hood and side profile lines, definitely make for a minivan that’s more exciting to look at. Inside, the Orlando’s takes it cues from Chevy’s subcompact, the Cruze, with its notably sporty dashboard and a cockpit draped in cool ambient blue lighting. As in most minivans in this class, the Orlando allows for several different seating configurations to maximize comfort and space in different situations.

Powering the Orlando is a 1.8-liter inline-four engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. It has a total of 139 horsepower and 176Nm of torque. Weighing in at more than a ton and a half, that sort of power won’t stir the loins, but hey, you wouldn’t exactly be trying to race when you’re driving the family around, would you now? It could use a little more push, but it’s still a pleasure to drive as it doesn’t lack for features. It boasts electronic/automatic cruise control, power-operated windows, pulse and moisture-sensitive wipers, automatic headlamp controls and a tire repair kit, among others—features that can make mundane minivans a little more endearing.

For what it offers families, the price is just right as well, as the Chevrolet Orlando is set to retail at 1,188,888 pesos.

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