Chevrolet spreads the love with the all-new Orlando at only P1,188,888
Don't let the brute looks fool you. Believe it or not, Chevrolet's all-new Orlando is neither a crossover nor an SUV, but is in fact a seven-seater MPV. For only P1,188,888, The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI) is spreading the love as it unveiled what could be the best thing that ever happened to the Philippine minivan market.
Chevrolet broke the traditional family van stereotype by giving it a robust boxy figure, large fenders, and low-profile 16-inch rims. Add to that Chevy's signature dual-port grill and you've got a ride that's ready to slug it out on the streets; the Orlando definitely wouldn't be mistaken for your regular soccer-mom MPV. And because it's based on the award-winning Cruze's chassis, this compact MPV should have the plush ride and cornering characteristics of a sedan.
if it had a diesel option, then it can go head to head with the Carens and Innova
Friends of mine are asking me the same question: WIll there be a diesel option coming out? Well, TCCCI has kept their mouth shut but I suppose they'll bring it in after a year or so.
Can it go head to head with the Carens and Innova? Why sure it CAN. It is after all a 7 seater MPV. But is it right to put it head to head with the Carens and Innova? NO.
You see, the Orlando is definitely one class above both MPV's. It has 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, and other features that put the other two to shame. And for a price of just P1.2m, it's a steal. Well, of course, that's still 300 to 400 more than the average Innova, but if you can afford it, I say go for it!
The Innova never was a head turner and it never will. So if you want the class and luxury of a more expensive van, the Orlando hits the spot just right.
Likely. Given the price of the diesel Cruze, a diesel Orlando may well cost 1.4 to 1.5 million.
While TCCCi does a good job of bringing cars in at a price point as compared to the old organization, I don't know how much magic they can perform with the diesel Orlando's price tag.
Would it be worth 1.4+m compared to the compact crossovers you can buy in that price range? Most likely, yes.
Would people buy it? Most likely, no. Local market demands at that price level mean that a diesel Orlando will be slugging it out against cars like the Montero instead of the CR-V... and even if the Orlando is a much more refined car, you know where Filipino buyers will go first...