• Oct 2, 2010
2011 Chevrolet Montana – Click above for high-res image gallery

Say hullo to this little truck: It's the 2011 Chevrolet Montana and it might just make its way up from South America into U.S. dealer showrooms. It's a small two-door, two-passenger ute that rides on the same platform as the Brazilian Chevy Agile, a hatchback city car.

According to Mike Levine over at PickupTrucks.com, General Motors has no successor planned for the U.S.-version of the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon twins. This car-based, front-wheel-drive trucklet could provide a nice stepping stone into its family of larger pickups. The engine would likely have to be beefed up for this market, since potential truck shoppers might be scared off by the Montana's 1.4-liter four-cylinder (it's good for 97 horsepower, 95 pound-feet of torque, and 30 miles per gallon on the highway). Despite its modest power numbers, the Chevy Montana is capable of hauling 1,671 pounds in the rear cargo area - a number comparable to the payload ratings of several full-size pickups.

Is North America ready for a pint-sized, front-wheel drive truck? That's a tough call, especially one with such Aveo-like unique styling. The 2011 Chevrolet Montana might not arrive in the form you see above (and in the gallery), but it could provide a glimpse at what's waiting down the road.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What an inappropriate name "Montana" on this truck. How many people in Montana would even consider buying one of these?
      • 4 Years Ago
      In South Africa this car used to be branded as a Ford So this looks very Weird.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect for urban business use - I sat bring it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I highly doubt that a FWD-based mini-pickup would "sell like hotcakes" in the US, unless there is a drastic change in fuel prices. But this could be a nice, profitable niche vehicle for GM here; it would round out Chevy's portfolio and would probably steal a few sales from the Nissan Juke, Kia Soul, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one ugly looking "truck". GM/Holden really need to get this going there, seems like it would nearly print money.

      http://www.themotorreport.com.au/content/image/h/s/hsc524_maloo_hero_fa-4c8d859319b50-1280x1024.jpg

      joey bagodonuts
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect for the 99% of the population with 0 Down. A bunch of broke a$$ dependents of the bank.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forget this abomination- where is my GMC granite?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are you kidding Autoblog? Sell this in America?

      There are certain prerequisites for selling a pick-up truck in the US which would appeal to the average baseball-cap-and-goatee buffoon. First off, it has to be as attractive as Delores Claiborne. Second, it single-handedly needs to prompt additional oil drilling in the Gulf the minute you fire it up. And third, you need to be able to leave it in appropriately sized parking spaces, such as Rhode Island.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm, it could be a niche player. but bubba couldn't squeeze his ego in that small of a truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A few of us would like a choice, Not everyone needs or wants a full size truck (gas guzzler), just something smaller that would carry the 4 wheeler or lawnmower around.

      I say bring it with a cruze motor and we will be fine, those that want to drive a big truck already have plenty of options.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I miss the 80s and 90s when there were plenty of small, yet purposeful looking trucks to choose from. Then in the 2000s era of excess, they bloated them all out and sales declined. This thing I do not think is the answer as it is too awkward looking for most. They need to just get back to the basics that made such trucks as the Tacoma, S-10, and Ranger successful in the first place. No frills and trying to be everything to everyone, just utility and purpose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. Give me a G8 ST.... Err wait... Holden Ute or a HSV Maloo instead. If it's based on a car frame.. might as well make it proper, RWD and a LSx. Direct Injected V6 for those looking to save fuel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pontiac sport truck would be better, in my opinion.
      I wish they would have brought that car here. I would grow a mullet and handlebar mustache just for the occasion.
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