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The Chevrolet Montana is a front-wheel drive coupé utility sold by Chevrolet in Latin America and emerging markets. In Mexico the vehicle is known as Chevrolet Tornado because Pontiac had already used the Montana name for its minivan offering for North America. The design of the first generation is a variation of the Opel Corsa, essentially a pickup version of the Opel Combo, while the second generation is based on the Chevrolet Agile.

Chevrolet Montana
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2011 Chevrolet Montana
ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
Also calledChevrolet Tornado (Mexico)
Chevrolet Utility (South Africa)
Opel Corsa Utility (South Africa)
AssemblySão José dos Campos, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa (GM South Africa, CKD 2003-2017)
Body and chassis
ClassCoupé utility
Body style2-door pickup
RelatedOpel/Chevrolet Corsa B
Chevrolet Agile
Engine1.4 L EconoFlex I4 (petrol)
1.8 L Family 1 I4 (petrol)
1.3 L MultiJet I4 (diesel)
1.7 L Circle-L I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,714 mm (106.9 in) (2003–10)
2,669 mm (105.1 in) (2010–)
Length4,430 mm (174.4 in) (2003–10)
4,514 mm (177.7 in) (2010–)
Width1,645 mm (64.8 in) (2003–10)
1,700 mm (66.9 in) (2010–)
Height1,420 mm (55.9 in) (2003–10)
1,578 mm (62.1 in) (2010–)
Curb weight1,087–1,180 kg (2,396–2,601 lb)
PredecessorChevrolet Corsa Pick-up


First generation (2003–2010)Edit

2003 Chevrolet Montana

The Montana comes standard with a 1.4 l "Ecoflex" and a 1.8 l 8V flex-fuel I4 engines. In some markets like South Africa where it was sold as the Opel Corsa Utility until June 2010, the vehicle is offered with more engine options, but none flex-fuel, like the 1.4 petrol and the 1.7 Isuzu turbodiesel. As of 2007, Montana is available in 2 versions: Montana Conquest and Montana Sport which has a slightly different design and set of accessories. The trunk can be loaded with up to 735 kg (1,620 lb) according to the manufacturer.

This model is currently manufactured in São José dos Campos, Brazil. In South Africa it is assembled from Brazilian-supplied CKD units.


The Montana arrived in the 2004 model year replacing the aged Corsa B based Chevy Pickup, but with the Tornado name tag because the Pontiac Montana was available in Mexico at the time. It was based on the Chevrolet Corsa C and although the Corsa was dropped from the Mexican Chevrolet line-up after the 2008 model year, the Tornado lived on for a few more years. It was the only Brazilian-built car in the Mexican Chevrolet lineup.

South AfricaEdit

The second generation Corsa utility was released in 2003 and replaced the Corsa B Utility pickup. The vehicle was sold as the Opel Corsa Utility, until June 2010. From then on it was badged as the Chevrolet Corsa Utility but not for too long as Chevrolet had prepared to end this and also to stop representing Opel. It is available in a choice of 3 engine variations, namely 1.4 and 1.8 petrol engines, as well as a 1.7 turbodiesel. There are also three different trim levels available across the range: Base, Club and Sport.

Second generation (2011–present)Edit

Despite short sales of the Chevrolet Corsa Utility in South Africa, Chevrolet had decided to replace the Corsa C-based ute with the Agile-based ute. It became known as the Montana, Tornado, or Utility depending on the market.

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