Chevrolet is about to launch its first unibody compact pickup truck. Starting now, the 2023 Montana will be sold in Brazil and will share a platform and powertrain with the Tracker compact SUV. Neither the Tracker nor the Montana have yet been announced for the North American market.
However, given the popularity of small pickup trucks in recent years, it’s not a stretch to imagine General Motors bringing Montana to the United States. Ford brought the Ranger back for the 2019 model year after it had been sold worldwide for several years. Ford updated the Ranger with safety features for the US market, but was very similar in design and performance to the Ranger truck seen in the rest of the world.
The 2022 model year also saw the entry of two new compact trucks, the Ford Maverick and the Hyundai Santa Cruz. These small trucks share platforms with compact SUVs. In the case of the Maverick, it shares a platform with the Ford Bronco Sport, while the Santa Cruz shares a platform with the Hyundai Tucson. Both the Maverick and the Santa Cruz have had strong sales since their debut, and it’s no exaggeration to think that GM would be looking to capitalize on that market demand by launching the Montana in the United States.
GM’s Brazilian subsidiary recently released several teaser videos showing the Montana’s interior, which is a bit more utilitarian in design than the Tracker. While the Tracker’s cabin houses two 10.25-inch digital displays that span the dash with an all-digital instrument and infotainment system, the Montana’s setup is more basic. The pickup has an analog instrument panel and an infotainment screen of about 8 inches.
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The Montana will be offered with eight engines, including several turbocharged options. The base engine will be a turbocharged three-cylinder developing around 130 horsepower. While it’s not impossible, it’s not particularly likely that such a small-horsepower engine will make it to the United States. Enthusiasts are surely hoping that the Montana’s available manual transmission will be offered if the truck makes it to our shores.
Not much is known about the Montana so far, but it’s unlikely to be sold in the US Before GM can sell the Montana in the US, it will need to set up a factory in North America to produce the pickup to avoid the 1960s Chicken Tax, which restricted the importation of pickups and vans into the United States
GM has yet to mention the Montana coming to the United States. It’s still possible the company will, but given the capital investment to build a new plant or upgrade one to meet US standards, it will take at least several years before that. arrived.