This looks like a normal truck until you notice the tiny doors. Image used with permission of the copyright holder
Always wanted an El Camino but never had room in the garage? Chevy’s Brazilian division has the answer for you: the Montana. This little pickup may be much closer in size and appearance to a work boot than a big sky country, but you might want it regardless.
Sure, it might share guts with the Chevrolet Agile – a Golf-sized compact five-door – but this fun-sized one packs a punch. The bed may only look big enough to fit some of Barbie’s accessories, but it can actually hold 1,671 pounds. Which is only a thousand pounds less than the weight of the entire car. The Chevy Avalanche can handle just a little more in its bed, and the thing weighs 7,200 lbs.
If you really managed to fill Montana with that much cat litter and Costco muffins, don’t expect to get home any time soon. The car boasts a 97-horsepower 1.4-liter flex-fuel engine that, even when unladen, can only hit 60 mph in a laborious, wheezing 12 seconds. On the plus side, its flex-fuel engine will probably run on that little quart, if you can fit it in the tank.
Even so, it’ll get a combined 30 mpg, which is pretty respectable – especially compared to, say, the Chevy Avalanche. That bulky leviathan can’t carry any more and still gets a measly 17 mpg. This means that size matters, but not always in the way you think.
Perhaps the best thing about this little guy is that you can pick one up in Brazil for a handful of pennies and half a turkey sandwich as the base model costs just $15,143. If you want a sporty model – that’s right, there is a sporty model – you’ll need to add some bacon and avocado to that sandwich.
Although the interior and options are quite simple, it has everything you need. The standard transmission is a solid, old-fashioned five-speed manual, and it even has optional Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Unfortunately, Chevy doesn’t seem to have any plans to bring the Montana to the United States. This means that peasants, landscaping crews and a mythical young family of mountain bikers will have to contend with other vehicles. Sooner or later, though, we’ll run out of working ’70s F-150s and ’80s Toyota trucks, in which case we’ll need replacements.
So I, for one, would welcome this tiny pickup truck and look forward to the days when all sorts of weird niche vehicles from the 80’s will once again roam our streets.
Links: The car your good-for-nothing cousin will be driving in 15 years: the Chevrolet Montana – Tekmonk Bio, The car your good-for-nothing cousin will be driving in 15 years: the Chevrolet Montana – Kungfutv, The car your good-for-nothing cousin will be driving in 15 years: the Chevrolet Montana – Blogtomoney