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