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2011 Chevy Tornado and Montana

Friday, January 11th 2013. | Review

What are these vehicles you speak of? You might ask. We aren’t talking about a minivan, if that’s what you were thinking. The Chevy Montana is a South American market small car-based truck (I like to think of it as a baby El Camino) with a 1.4 liter 4 cylinder engine and the later released Tornado is the same truck rebadged for the Mexican market with a 1.8 liter engine. This engine is referred to as the Econo Flex. In 1.4 liter form it produces 97 horsepower and 95 pounds of torque, in its bigger 1.8 liter form it produces 105 horsepower and 119 pounds of torque.

These things are used as light duty pickup trucks, they can carry a fairly impressive payload of 1671 pounds. In Mexico the Tornado has a 55 market share in its segment for 2010. So these trucks seem to be fairly popular over there. But I wouldn’t hold my breath for one in the American market. I think we are more likely to see some sort of El Camino like we’ve mentioned some time ago. With maybe some sort of Camaro-esque nose on it. If we are lucky enough at all to get a car based truck. We do know for sure that we will see a new Chevy Colorado for 2014, possibly with a diesel. So that’s good news on the small truck front.

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