New Chevy Montana Small Pickup Truck Launched for South America


The South American arm of Chevrolet has dropped info and pics on its new Montana ute/truck/thing, and from the looks of it, the US market has avoided a bomb. If memory serves me correctly, the closest thing we've had here was the Subaru Baja, and that ended in tears.

Based on South America's new Chevrolet Agile hatchback, the Montana - not to be confused with the Colorado, another state-themed waste of space - will arrive in January 2011 and offer our friends to the South (not you, Hugo!) the segment's most storage and 1.4 power. The ute has a potential payload of 758 kilograms in its 1,100 liter bed (1,180 without the cover).

The 1.4-liter engine makes 102 horsepower if fed alcohol and a mere 97 ponies when running on gasoline. With alcohol, the car will peak at 170 km/h and hit 100 km/h (62mph) in 12.1 seconds. As expected, running on gasoline adds a few extra ticks (12.3 to 100 km/h and a top speed of 168 km/h). So, this car is like Bender from Futurama: alcohol makes it stronger.

Dimensions are like this:4.51 meters long, 1.70 m wide and 1.58 m high. Inside the oddly-shaped cabin, a dual cabin layout and "embossed seat" technology are present. Apparently it's to make the interior slightly more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable.

As you can see, the Montana wears Chevy's new global face, behind which is a body only a mother could love. Other than that, the Montana will come in two trim levels for "work and fun": LS and Sport.

The base workhorse LS features the most cabin space in the segment at 164 liters behind the seats, has a side step, and rides on 14- or 15-inch wheels. On top of that, the Sport - which is more for daily use - adds standard 15's, black headlight housings, body color mirrors, and other "premium" touches like cruise control and dual airbags.

Other available features include blue backlighting for the gauges, digital temperature readouts, automatic headlights, CD/MP3/USB/iPod player and connections, and power windows and locks.

Any South American readers out there, please weigh in on this one. Do you like?

By Phil "I was working off a Google-translated press release" Alex


Anonymous said... »September 28, 2010

This Chevy is a mistake.
The design is very, very important to brazilian costumers, I mean, more than everywhere probably.

"a body only a mother could love" ...

In Brazil, in the small truck market (as we say), Fiat Strada sells 10,000 a mouth, VW Arena sells arround 4,000.
The previous Chevy Montana never sold more than 2,000. The new one can be worst.

Fiat and Volkswagen have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous said... »September 28, 2010

It looks frail and overly stylized. It looks like a fruck versus a truck.

Anonymous said... »September 28, 2010

This post should have come with a NSFW warning. Oh my eyes...

HJRock said... »September 29, 2010

It was a big turn back for GMB. The previous Montana looked better than this thing they came up with now.
The small / car-based pickup market in Brazil is huge and most of the buyers don't look for cargo space. It's at least in half of the cases used as a daily vehicle.
The segment leader is the Fiat Strada, which has several options with single, extended and double cab. VW's take is called Saveiro (not Arena) with the single and Extended cab options. Ford sells the Courier (older Fiesta based and the only one that haven't changed in 10 or more years (Ranger anyone?)). Now French automaker Peugeot has it's contender, the Hoggar, a small truck that goes face to face with the Montana in the Hit-With-The-Ugly-Stick battle.
I live in the US but was born & raised in Brazil.

Márcio said... »September 29, 2010

I'm From Brazil, and NO, most of us don't like it. By the way, 95% of everyone talking on website about the new Montana hated it. It's a shame for us to get such a ugly new car here.

Hennie said... »September 30, 2010

The Chev Montana aka Opel Corsa in South Africa is the best selling pick up in it's ranhe and after that the Ford Bantam. I reckon this will do very well when launched in SA. The Fiat Strada is rubbish.

Anonymous said... »September 30, 2010

That truck looks lame. Like someone bred it with an el camino and a rubbermade toyota. if I saw the Admiral drive around in that, I'd definitely dock him some cool points.

Anonymous said... »October 01, 2010

we're calling it "MONSTana".

Anonymous said... »October 24, 2010

CAN'T WAIT FOR MONTANA .This is a beautifull pick up and with the chevy badge it will remain South Africa's best seller.

Anonymous said... »March 04, 2011

Not the most EGO boosting car around, but sure a lot better looking than the Fiat monstrata

Anonymous said... »March 04, 2011

Definately not as refined as the Corsa Utility.
Looks as though they had some crappy american engines lying around and decided to fit them with Japanes bodies again.

Anonymous said... »July 15, 2011

we're calling it "MONSTana".

Márcio said... »July 15, 2011

I'm From Brazil, and NO, most of us don't like it. By the way, 95% of everyone talking on website about the new Montana hated it. It's a shame for us to get such a ugly new car here.

CyberPine Educational Media said... »February 15, 2012

The market is ripe for something like in the US now in the 2013 model year.. but I would suggest a few changes. 

* Use the front face of the Chevy Sonic.. that's a really sexy face that would look better on a trucklet
* Go with a much bigger cab, but stay with 2 doors.  Allow for comfortable seating for 6  with a bench front seat and reclinable rear seats.
* Small hard bed that opens into cab via fold down mid and tail gaits.
* Big/Deep under bed storage like ridgeline
* Square bed and Rail storage like RamBox.
* Wide, low aggressive stance like a sports sedan.
* 1.8L 200HP turbo, 28mpg city.

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