Compact Chevrolet Unibody Pickup In The Works

General Motors is said to be in the midst of work on a new unibody pickup truck for Chevrolet.

The automaker is remaining mum about the vehicle but GM Authority claims that it will act as a replacement to the Chevrolet Montana, sold throughout Latin America. If a new unibody pickup is produced for these markets, it will rival vehicles like the Fiat Toro, Renault Oroch and upcoming models from Volkswagen and Ford.

Underpinning Chevrolet’s compact pickup will be GM’s Global Emerging Markets architecture (GEM), also set to be used by the likes of the Chevrolet Onix, Sail, and Buick Excelle. Development of the model is being handled by General Motors Brazil.

Unlike the Chevrolet Montana which the new vehicle will replace, seating won’t be limited to just two occupants. Instead, the vehicle will be a four-door and offer seating for at least four people. The larger chassis used by the vehicle may also result in a bigger bed.

If current rumors prove accurate, the pickup will be powered exclusively by the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder of the Chevrolet Cruze. Grunt will sit at 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque with power transmitted to the ground through a six-speed automatic transmission.

While it remains to be seen how progressed development of the vehicle is, it will allegedly hit the Central and South American markets in 2020. Production will likely be handled by GM’s Sao Caetano do Sul plant in Brazil.

Carscoops has contacted Chevrolet for details about this rumored pickup.

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’ve always considered the Montana as a modern day version of the El Camino.

  • Ilbirs

    What will be necessary for GM to do this is reopen its Brazilian product development center, unexplicably closed since some directing morons thought that what is good for China would also be good to Brazil. These morons forgot that among the automakers installed in my country, GM was the one with the broader infrastructure and able to design an entire model or platform here (the current global-spec Colorado was designed at São Caetano do Sul’s headquarters, for example).
    Maybe someone with a three-digit IQ on the GM board remembered that Toro-like pickups are still a very Brazilian taste (soon to be worldwide, considering how many people outside Brazil loved Toro’s overall proposal) and alerted the morons that if GM didn’t develop its own approach on this segment it’d be left behind. GM is the overall leader in Brazilian market, I remember, and Chevrolet Onix is the best-selling model here since 2013.

    What is known about GEM archtecture is that it’ll be very flexible, being able to have one of two front modules (a B segment one that will be used on the next Onix, Prisma and Sail and a C segment one that will be used on the next Spin, Tracker and other Chinese models). This Toro-like truck is a late decision on the developmental phase of the platform, as some leaked documents weren’t stating that a truck would come from the base and the biggest model would be a China-only Buick minivan:

    There are also other changes on the portfolio coming from the GEM, as some rumors say that there won’t be a new Cobalt as the new Prisma will be bigger. For now, here in Brazil we know that GM will have six new GEM underpinned products, as it was said when a new investment was made to update the two main plants (São Caetano do Sul and Gravataí). The original portfolio was thought to be composed by the next Onix, Prisma, Cobalt, Spin, Tracker and Montana generations, but for now only the prototypes of Onix, Prisma and Tracker were caught on camera. Three other models remain to be seen and all points to be the next Spin and this Toro-sized truck, being the sixth GEM model for Brazil a mistery (the next Montana?).

  • Paul

    I find it interesting that GM cuts ties, severs relationships and is now in the midst of redoing this product which already existed from those places. Almost incompetent I tend to think. I wish they could justify their existence here in the US and we could have something like this because the modern Colorado and its twin GMC Canyon are a bit big.

  • MIL1234

    Dacia pickup

  • ejd1984
  • Six Thousand Times

    I wish they would keep a two-door. I want one of these but l don’t care about rear seat space.

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