Shortly after GM Authority released the most recent details on the upcoming compact Chevy pickup truck, General Motors officially confirmed the development and manufacturing plans of this new model in Brazil, which will expand the brand’s pickup portfolio in the country.
GM South America announced production plans for the next-generation vehicle at its São Caetano do Sul plant, in which the company is investing 10 billion reais (about $1.91 billion USD at the current exchange rate) in order to renew its product lineup and develop new technologies. As we anticipated, General Motors revealed that one of the new vehicles to be produced at the facility will be an all-new pickup for the Chevrolet brand.
“The model will arrive to complement the Chevrolet pickup line, in addition to debuting a completely innovative concept for the brand in the commercial vehicle segment,” said GM South America President, Carlos Zarlenga, in an official press release. The new compact Chevy pickup is expected to be a key model in order to stay competitive in South America.
As we have previously reported, the upcoming compact Chevy pickup will be the latest model developed on the GEM platform that currently underpins the latest generations of the Chevy Tracker and Chevy Onix – both considered the benchmarks in their respective segments in Brazil. The pickup’s development is at an advanced stage and on-road testing should soon begin.
GM says the goal of its upcoming compact Chevy pickup is to expand the brand’s presence in the highly competitive truck segment in Brazil, whose sales volume has increased significantly due to the arrival of unibody models in addition to being more accessible to local customers. In addition, the model will serve to strengthen the presence of the Chevrolet S10 in South American markets.
The new compact Chevy pickup is expected to launch in Brazil in mid-2022 as an indirect replacement for aging Chevy Montana. It could keep adopt that nameplate, but will be positioned in a higher category in four-door, double cab configuration. To this end, the company is retooling the São Caetano do Sul industrial complex in preparation to produce the upcoming unibody pickup.