RS has become one of Chevrolet‘s most popular trim levels, and the brand will continue to expand its reach internationally, as the Chevy Montana and Tracker will be the next models to receive the sporty trim in Brazil.
General Motors’ South American subsidiary is preparing new RS variants for the all-new Chevy Montana compact pickup and the Chevy Tracker crossover, both built in Brazil, as part of Chevrolet’s image rejuvenation strategy carried out in the main countries of the region. Both vehicles will receive the sporty trim level, joining the Chevy Onix RS, Cruze RS and Equinox RS already offered in the Brazilian market.
Sources familiar with the matter revealed to GM Authority that the upcoming RS versions of the Chevy Montana and Tracker are the next steps in GM’s product strategy for these vehicles built at the GM São Caetano do Sul plant, once the company completes the launch of the Bow Tie brand’s first unibody compact pickup in Brazil and starts introducing it in other South American markets during the first half of this year.
As such, the Chevy Montana RS and Tracker RS will complement the Onix RS hatchback as the brand’s second and third Brazilian-built models to adopt the sporty trim level. As with the Onix and most other models, the RS versions of the Brazilian-built Montana and Tracker will only include cosmetic changes that include a new grille design, aerodynamic moldings, specific wheels and a darkened overall finish.
The RS version of the fourth-generation Chevy Tracker made its world debut early last year in China, and the Brazilian-built model is expected to retain the same look. The main difference of the Brazilian Chevy Tracker RS compared to its Chinese counterpart will be its powertrain, as the South American variant will use the existing 1.2L turbocharged engine with 133 horsepower and not the new 181-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5L mill the Tracker RS features in China.
For its part, the upcoming Chevy Montana RS is a brand new edition for the totally redesigned pickup that will debut for the first time in Brazil – its country of origin and the only manufacturing locale for now. The Montana RS will receive a new grille design, a black finish for logos and moldings, as well as other enhancements to accentuate its sporty image without any mechanical changes.
The launch of the Chevy Montana RS and Tracker RS editions in Brazil is expected to begin in the second half of year.