Chevy has launched the 2011.5 Montana pickup as the Tornado in Mexico. But unlike the South America-market variant of this diminutive Gamma II-based truck that cradles the 1.4 liter Econo Flex motor, the version destined for Mexico is powered by a 1.8 liter engine. Compared to the 1.4’s 97 hp and 95 lb.-ft. of torque, the 1.8 makes 105 hp and 119 lb.-ft. of twist — an improvement of 8 ponies and 24 lb.-ft. of torque.
Despite the boost in power, the payload of the 1.8 liter Tornado remains at 1,671 lbs. — equivalent to that of the 1.4-liter Montana. And here’s a little-known fact: the Tornado reached a 55 percent market share in its segment at the end of 2010 — and the improvements for the 2011.5 model will make it even more attractive.
Whether the U.S. and Canada will ever see this vehicle is anyone’s guess, but we do know that the global replacement for the Colorado pickup truck is well underway and should be making its world debut on March 25.
Check out the press release (in Spanish) below.