GM currently sells a small unibody pickup in Mexico and South America. Though the vehicle is identical, it goes by different names in the two markets. In South America, it’s called the Chevrolet Montana, but in Mexico, it’s called the Chevrolet Tornado. The model was previously sold in South Africa as the Chevrolet Utility until GM withdrew from the market back in 2017.
And now, it would appear that GM is planning to rename the Tornado as the Montana in Mexico, according to new trademark filings recently uncovered by GM Authority.
The new trademark claims were filed to Mexico’s Intellectual Property Office on July 17th, 2019, and included filings for both the Montana name as well as the Chevrolet Montana name.
|Application Term||Patent Office||Application Date||Filing Serial Number||Status||Category|
|Montana||Mexico||July 17, 2019||119852235592||Live – in progress||Terrestrial motor vehicles and structural parts thereof, excluding bicycles|
|Chevrolet Montana||Mexico||July 17, 2019||119852235591||Live – in progress|
|Montana||U.S.||August 21, 2017||87576917||Live – in progress||Motor vehicles, namely, trucks|
For reference, the current second-generation Chevrolet Montana is built on a modified version on an Opel Corsa B platform. The model is produced exclusively in Brazil at the GM São Caetano do Sul plant. The Brazilian manufacturing facility recently celebrated production of the 750,000th Montana.
Meanwhile, the next-generation Chevrolet Montana is currently under development by GM Brazil. The vehicle is expected to make the transition to the GM GEM (Global Emerging Markets) platform. Engine options are likely to include the turbocharged 1.4L I-4 LE2, the same engine found in the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze that’s good for 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and manual are expected for cog-swap duties.
It’s probable that the Mexico-market Tornado will be renamed to Montana with the introduction of this GEM-based, third-generation model, thereby unifying the small pickup under a single nameplate going forward.