Report: Chevrolet Orlando may get Voltec drivetrain from the Volt

Chevrolet Orlando Concept

Last time we heard anything about the Chevrolet Orlando, it was reported that the production version of the concept had been put on hold. Internally known as the MPV7, a front-wheel-drive Delta architecture vehicle, the Orlando was scheduled to be produced at GM”s Detroit-Hamtramck plant later this year.

Well, it looks like the production version of the Orlando is back in the pipeline and it may offer a solution for those looking for a plug-in hybrid vehicle that has the ability to transport more than 4 people comfortably.

In a recent e-mail exchange with Bob Lutz, the folks over at GM-Volt mentioned to the GM vice chairman that there seems to be a “lack of a aerodynamic high-tech hybrid people mover with seating for 6 or 7 in the marketplace.”

“Families looking for a crossover/minivan/microvan size car that can hold 3 adults + 3 or 4 children and contain a strong hybrid drivetrain, getting > 40MPG will find nothing at all,” said Dr. Lyle Dennis, a full-time physician.

To get straight to the point – Bob Lutz replied: “We are actually studying the adaptation of Volt technology to the upcoming Orlando. Which would be close to what you describe.”

So there you have it – GM is indeed planning on a Voltec version of the Orlando. Will it happen? Only time will tell.

Chevrolet Orlando Concept:

– By: Kap Shah

Source: GM-Volt