If you’re the sort of Chevy fan that longs for the return of the El Camino, then the 2014 Chevy Brute may have the goods to grab your attention. This one-off concept was created by GM South Africa back in 2014, and now, it’s on display at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
Photos of the 2014 Chevy Brute Pickup were recently posted to social media by reddit user BC360X, providing us with a look at the sporty two-door as it stands today.
As the story goes, the 2014 Chevy Brute Pickup was created by GM South Africa as an in-house concept vehicle based on the previous-generation Chevy Montana pickup, sold in that region as the Chevy Utility. Inspiration was pulled from the Chevy Lumina Ute, which means this thing takes a decidedly sporty approach when it comes to styling.
The front end presents a dramatically flared front lip, while the grille is fitted with attractive horizontal shutters. The side view shows the body slammed to the ground over a set of plus-sized five spoke wheels, which are wrapped in low-profile tires and tuck neatly under the wide fender flares. The profile also shows off a dramatic racing stripe that accentuates the hind quarters, leading the eye rearwards into the bed.
Topping the end of the bed is a large spoiler, reaffirming the Chevy Brute’s sporting intentions. The roof is done in black, complementing the black trim, the stripe, the wing, and the bed cover. The side view mirrors and door handles are finished in black as well. Carbon accents are spotted throughout.
Under the hood, there’s a turbocharged 1.8L I4 engine developing 147 kW (197 horsepower) and 260 Nm (192 pound-feet) of torque. While not exactly impressive by modern standards, one can’t help but wonder what this thing would do with a bit more output. A manual five-speed handles the cog swaps.
GM exited the South African market in 2017, at which time this one-off concept was donated to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. If you’re in the area, you can find it in Hall B.