In late May, GM Authority exclusively reported that General Motors is working on a new Z71 off-road variant of the current-generation, international-market Chevy S10 that’s built exclusively in Brazil. Now, two and a half months later, the automaker has just officially confirmed the imminent arrival of the new Chevy S10 Z71 to the Brazilian market.
The upcoming Chevy S10 Z71 will be a new variant, with off-road looks and capabilities that will strengthen the model range in Brazil and other South American countries, where the popularity of the pickup segment continues to increase year after year. As we anticipated in our previous coverage, the S10 Z71 is one of four new launches that the Bow Tie brand is preparing in the country for the latter part of the year.
“We also continue to invest in strengthening the S10 brand,” said Executive Director of Marketing at GM South American, Hermann Mahnke, in a press release. “With the addition of the High Country version, we brought an audience that seeks the ultimate in sophistication, connectivity and safety. The Z71 version will arrive in October to attract an unprecedented consumer profile to the truck,” he added.
Notably, this is the first time that the Brazilian-made Chevy S10 has adopted a Z71 off-road variant in its more than 26-year history, and is the vehicle commissioned to debut this iconic Chevrolet trim level in Brazil. GM’s South American subsidiary decided to develop this adventurous new version of the S10 in response to high customer demand, which is reflected in the great acceptance of its rivals’ off-road variants.
Although GM South America has yet to reveal the images of details of this new trim level, the Chevy S10 Z71 is expected to feature a unique and more striking appearance, in addition to a special off-road suspension and many standard accessories. It will be the midsize pickup’s second most-equipped trim for the entire region, positioned just below the range-topping High Country.
The upcoming Chevy S10 Z71 will be officially unveiled in the coming weeks and will arrive in Brazilian dealerships during the month of October, as the biggest novelty for the 2022 model year. The S10 in a benchmark in the Brazilian market, with more than 25 years of tradition and it’s the only pickup in its category with than one million units produced in the country so far.