Just a few weeks after officially announcing the development plans for Chevrolet’s upcoming compact pickup to be manufactured in Brazil, General Motors released the first teaser image of the new vehicle, confirming that it will marketed as the next-generation Chevy Montana. The latter represents a strategic model that will reinforce GM’s vehicle portfolio and presence in the South American country.
The automaker revealed the preview image of the next-generation Chevy Montana in conjunction with the start of the first preparation phase of the São Caetano do Sul plant, where the new compact-sized pickup will be manufactured. The retooling work at the plant is part of the 10 billion reais (about $2.02 billion USD at the current exchange rate) that the company is investing in Brazil.
“GM believes in Brazil and that is why we are resuming our investments in the country, even in the midst of the pandemic,” said GM South America President, Carlos Zarlenga, in a press release. “The São Caetano do Sul plant will receive new robots and tools with innovative manufacturing concepts, including unprecedented equipment in South American to ensure excellent results in safety, quality and sustainability,” he added.
The teaser image shows the next-generation Chevy Montana’s silhouette which, for the first time in its history, will sport a double cab configuration with four doors and seating for five. Although it isn’t possible to appreciate much of the design so far, we see that the Montana has balanced proportions with darkened A pillars, roof rails, a generously sized cargo bed and horizontal taillights.
GM says the new Chevy Montana will debut an unprecedented concept for the brand, taking the product to an all-new level. In this sense, the Montana will become Chevrolet’s first compact-sized unibody pickup, released as an innovative product and much more advanced from an architectural standpoint. This will allow it to offer better driving dynamics, efficiency and content.
The new Chevy Montana could debut later this year and go on sale in Brazil during the first half of 2022. Based on the GEM platform, the third-generation Montana will be the next member of the company’s global Bow Tie brand vehicle family, alongside the Onix and the Tracker. It is notably larger than the outgoing model and will complement Chevrolet’s international range of pickup trucks.