General Motors continues to further the development of a future small, unibody Chevy pickup, about which GM Authority first reported in late 2018. Now, after GM South America confirmed the project earlier this year as part of its production plans for the 2020-2024 calendar years in Brazil, new details have just emerged about the compact unibody pickup that the company is preparing.
The upcoming small Chevy pickup will be an all-new model that will indirectly replace the Chevrolet Montana that has been sold for more than a decade in Latin American markets, where it’s also known as the Chevy Tornado. In addition to confirming that the vehicle will ride on the GEM platform, sources familiar with the matter have revealed that the pickup will share many elements with the new Chevrolet Tracker subcompact crossover, while also having an aesthetic identity of its own.
According to Brazil’s Autos Segredos, the next-gen compact Chevy pickup will be launched in mid-2022 in Brazil, where it will compete in the growing category of unibody pickups currently dominated by
FCA Stellantis and its Fiat Strada and Fiat Toro models. The source claims that the new model will have a four-door cabin as its only available configuration. A single cab option is not planned, at least initially.
Those who claim to have seen the vehicle say that, aesthetically speaking, the new compact Chevy pickup will have a front design inspired by the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, much like GM Authority presented last year in our exclusive renderings. In fact, the new model will utilize a split headlight setup with the slim LED daytime running lights (DRLs) on top followed by the primary headlights lower within the front end.
On a mechanical level, GM’s next unibody pickup is expected to use the same powertrain as the range-topping version of the fourth-gen Chevrolet Tracker, but with higher power output and a more robust configuration to enable a healthy payload rating. The engine in question is the 1.2L I-3 turbocharged engine, which in the pickup will offer more than the current 133 horsepower it generates in the subcompact Tracker.
The next-gen compact Chevy pickup will be ready during the first half of the 2022 calendar year for the Brazilian market, where it will strengthen the Bow Tie brand’s product portfolio in the face of intensifying competition for local sales leadership. The vehicle is also expected to be offered in Mexico along with most markets in Central and South America. As of this writing, an introduction in the U.S. or Canada is not expected.
As for its name, the aforementioned publication also reports that the new compact pickup will retain the Chevrolet Montana nameplate.