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Yes, it's SA's next Corsa Ute

2010-09-29 09:23

'HANNAH, IT'S A MONTANA': Except you're looking at the next Corsa bakkie that's on its way to SA.

Chevrolet has shown its new Montana half-tonner bakkie in South America and, yes, it will replace the Corsa Ute sold in South Africa towards the end of 2011.

Not only that, but it will be assembled here too.

The Montana will go on sale in certain South American markets in January 2011 with a choice of a 72kW 1.4 Ecoflex or, to be introduced later in Argentina, a 1.8 petrol engine. GM SA can't yet say which models will be sold in SA but added:

"The new model line-up remains unconfirmed but will be consistent with our product range which has succeeded as leading segment performer for the past 65 months."

And the name Corsa Utility will continue - the Montana moniker will be specific to South America.

Special suspension

There’s no word on diesel models for the Latin American markets, although South African versions are likely to retain the 1.7 DTi offered in SA.

The Chevrolet Montana is 4.51m long, 1.7m wide and 1.58m high. It has a payload of 758kg and is said to feature a special suspension system that uses reinforced springs and shock-absorbers to handle heavier loads.

As for its appearance, the styling looks rather busy, but the new small bakkie has Chev’s new face and GM says the cabin shows off the company’s new dual-cockpit design.

The Montana comes in two spec levels – LS and Sport. The LS is the basic workhorse, the Sport adds details such as alloy rims, black headlight housings, body-coloured mirrors, two airbags and anti-lock brakes.
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