General Motors is developing the next-generation Chevy Montana as the company’s first compact-size unibody pickup, completely redefining South America’s hitherto unique nameplate. Although the development of this vehicle is carried out by the Brazilian subsidiary of the automaker, the all-new Montana has been spotted for the first time over in South Korea.
The South Korean publication Auto Post has just published the first spy photos of the next-generation Chevy Montana rolling down the streets of the Asian country, where the GM Technical Center Korea is located – a leader in the development of the company’s global vehicles. While initially thinking it was a Hyundai Santa Cruz prototype, local media was able to identify the next-gen Montana by the Bupyeong license plate and typical GM Korea engineering stickers.
Notably, the sighting of the upcoming Chevy Montana for the first time in South Korea is something quite unusual. First, because the new Montana has not yet entered the road testing phase in Brazil, the country of origin of Chevrolet’s unibody pickup and where its development is headed. In addition, it’s the first vehicle on the Global Emerging Markets (GEM) platform to be tested by GM’s South Korean subsidiary, at least on public roads.
If anything, the first spy photos of the upcoming highly camouflaged third-generation Chevy Montana show that the compact pickup will have a four-door double cab body with a high waistline. This confirms and matches perfectly with the silhouette of the next-gen Montana that can be seen in the teaser image of the model revealed by GM Brazil at the end of June.
Despite the heavy camouflage that covers most of its body, it’s possible to appreciate some key design details of the upcoming Chevy Montana. Among the most striking points are the configuration of divided headlights, the straight A-pillar and the shape of the rear windows quite similar to those of the Chevy Trailblazer crossover, as well as the roof rack bars that the official teaser had already shown.
The next-generation Chevy Montana will be officially revealed in the coming months as a 2023 model-year vehicle in Brazil, where it will be manufactured exclusively at the GM São Caetano do Sul plant to supply the domestic market and to a greater number of countries than the previous two generations. In fact, although it’s not official, South Korean media speculate that the new Montana could be introduced in that country and other developed markets.