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POPULAR VOTE? Ford's Bantam is no longer so the new Chev Utility has the virtual run of the local three-quarter ton market. Gallery

The all-new version of Chev’s baby bakkie stalwart, the Chev Utility, is out in SA. Wheels24 is at the launch and a driving impression will follow but meanwhile here are the bare bones to chew over.

Picking up from the immense popularity of the erstwhile Opel Corsa Utility, the three-quarter ton bakkie now rides on a new Chevrolet platform.

The bakkie, produced in South Africa at GM’s Port Elizabeth facility, is said to have a heightened level of refinement to go along with its functionality and loadability.

It’s bigger – the overall length is now 4.514m and its wider by a few millimetres, too – and depending on the model, the payload on the new Chev Utility is between 733 and 763kg.

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CABIN FEVER: The new cabin is said to be more refined and seats have new upholstery trim.

It comes with a choice of 1.4 and 1.8 petrol engines mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A turbodiesel version will be introduced in South Africa in 2012.

The initially range will include seven models in Base, Club and Sport specifications. The engines are retuned versions of the familiar single overhead camshaft eight-valve engines used previously.

The 1.4 produces 68kW at 6000rpm and maximum torque of 120Nm at 3200rpm, the 1.8 77kW at 5400rpm and 161Nm at 3000rpm.

Features include driver and passenger air bags across the range, along with height-adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, key-fob central locking and doors that auto-lock at 15km/h.


1.4 Base - R115 600

1.4 Base AC - R123 600

1.4 Club - R136 000

1.4 Sport - R161 100

1.8 Base AC - N/A

1.8 Club - R148 500

1.8 Sport - R173 500

The Chevrolet Utility is covered by a five-year or 120 000km warranty with roadside assistance. An optional service plan is available and service intervals are 15 000km

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