We spied the upcoming Chevrolet small truck for South America in March this year and the product is finally ready to make its full and official debut. The second-generation Montana shares its platform with the Chevy Onix, Onix Plus, and Tracker, meaning it rides on a unibody chassis like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. Montana is now available for order in Brazil with first deliveries planned for February next year.
Little pickup trucks don’t aspire to be great on the road. Instead, Chevy is focused on road performance and promises the Montana to be “the SUV you need in the pickup truck you’ve been dreaming of”. Or, marketing language aside, this model offers the best interior space in the Brazilian small truck segment, as well as a completely insulated truck bed that does not allow water and dust to enter the cargo hold, as in the trunk of a normal vehicle. . There is also an optional electric bed cover.
As a more lifestyle-oriented truck, the Montana doesn’t come with an all-wheel-drive system – you can’t even have it as an option compared to the Fiat Toro, which is one of Brazil’s new truck competitors. . There was also only one engine available – a 1.2 liter turbocharged three-cylinder factory shared with the Chevy Tracker. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. Its peak output is 133 horsepower (98 kilowatts), which matches the Tracker’s maximum power.
In terms of dimensions, Montana is smaller than Toro. At 185.8 inches (4.72 meters) long, it is 8.66 inches (22 cm) shorter. The cargo area holds up to 30.8 cubic feet (874 liters), while the Toro has a trunk volume of 33.08 cubic feet (937 liters). To some extent, the Montana is closer in position to the Renault Oroch, which has similar dimensions and a slightly smaller cargo area.
In Brazil, Montana 2023 goes on sale starting at 134,490 Brazilian Real, which is around $25,800 at current exchange rates. There is no indication that Chevy could bring the model to the US market.