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One man’s loss is another man’s gain. Looks like the U.S. won’t be getting the new 2012 Chevrolet Orlando but Canada is ready for the taking. GM’s main reason for not adding the Chevrolet Orlando to the U.S. was it wants to focus and improve the existing lineup of vehicles in the U.S. market.
Margaret Brooks, head of small cars/crossover marketing, explains, “The best thing to do for Chevrolet is to focus on the brands we’ve already brought to market: the Traverse, Equinox, Malibu and, soon to come, the Cruze. We feel that with those vehicles, Chevrolet has plenty of options for the modern family.” General Motors is not making the same mistake that it made a few years ago by having too much brands in the market, it’s now making smarter, more economically-focused decisions.
The 2012 Chevrolet Orlando will be using the same Delta platform as the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. The Orlando will be powered by a range of gas and diesel powerplants with displacing between 1.6-liters and 2.0-liters and turbochargers. The top-engine will be a 2.0-liter diesel unit, which puts out about 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, will likely only be available in global markets.
To move power, the 2012 Chevrolet Orlando will be available in both the six-speed manual and automatic transmissions with front-wheel drive only.
The Chevrolet Orlando has about 108.7 inches in the wheelbase, which can accommodate up to five seats with spare room for a large cargo space. The Orlando’s interior is pretty much similar to the Chevy Cruze’s interior.
But don’t let the unavailability of the Chevrolet Orlando in the U.S. stopping you from owning one, you can actually cross the border and buy one with a bit of paper work to bring it back to the U.S.