"Say hello to my little friend."
Chevrolet is still working on new gas-powered pickups, although hybrid and electric variants are already part of the plan. These include the Colorado and the various Silverado trucks, but in other markets, vehicles of this size aren't practical or necessary. Thus, a few weeks ago, Chevrolet confirmed that it was developing a compact pickup to be manufactured in Brazil, and thanks to a new video from the South American country, we now have our first teaser of the truck, along with confirmation of its name. The teaser is just a silhouette, but here's your first look at the new Chevrolet Montana.
As a Brazilian video, everything is in Portuguese, but you can still take a look around Chevrolet's Sao Caetano do Sul manufacturing plant, where retooling for the new Montana is underway ahead of its production. This retooling is part of the approximately $2.02 billion that is being invested in the country as it seeks to further develop its manufacturing in the region.
Carlos Zarlenga, GM South America President, says, "GM believes in Brazil and that is why we are resuming our investments in the country, even in the midst of the pandemic. The Sao Caetano do Sul plant will receive new robots and tools with innovative manufacturing concepts, including unprecedented equipment in South America to ensure excellent results in safety, quality, and sustainability."
If you've never heard of it, the Montana was a tiny pickup sold as the Chevrolet Utility in markets like South Africa and formerly wore the Opel badge there under the name Corsa Utility. This new Montana will be the first such to feature a double cab configuration, suggesting that the size of the truck will increase a little. But it will be much more advanced than ever before and is promised to offer better driving dynamics, efficiency, and features. It is expected to debut later this year and go on sale in Brazil sometime in early 2022. US sales are not expected.