GM’s Brazilian subsidiary announced that the next-generation Chevy Montana will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2L three-cylinder engine, which will come standard on all variants of the model – at least in the Brazilian market. As expected, the next Montana will use the engine from the more-equipped versions of the Chevy Tracker and will be built on the GEM platform at the GM São Caetano do Sul plant in Brazil – where the Tracker is also manufactured.
Despite using the same powertrain as the Tracker, the automaker claims that the next-generation Chevy Montana’s engine, an international market variant of the turbo 1.2L I3 LIH engine offered in the U.S.-market Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX, adopts a unique calibration for the pickup that will optimize performance under different conditions of use of the vehicle. In fact, GM projects that the new Montana will offer the best acceleration-to-fuel economy ratio in the segment, with the lowest fuel consumption among small pickups equipped with an automatic transmission.
“A specific engine and transmission calibration was developed for the New Montana considering the vehicle’s mission, for the optimization of performance, whether when it is empty or loaded,” said Project Chief Engineer at GM South America, Eduardo Domeniquelli, in an official statement.
While specifications for the upcoming Chevy Montana’s turbocharged 1.2L engine have not been revealed, we do know that the block will be mated to one of two six-speed transmissions, an automatic and a manual, in base trim levels. Additionally, this three-cylinder engine has a base output of 133 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque in the Chevy Tracker.
The next-generation Chevy Montana will make its world debut on December 1st during a special launch event that will be broadcast on Chevrolet Brazil’s official YouTube channel. Its pre-sale period will start immediately following the reveal, before the vehicle begins to arrive at dealerships in early 2023. Notably, GM revealed that the upcoming Montana was developed in partnership between the technical centers of South America, North America and Asia.