Chevrolet has confirmed that it will commence Argentinian production of the Tracker SUV in July.
The existing Tracker is currently built at both the SAIC-GM Norsom plant in China and the GM Sao Caetano do Sul plant in Brazil. The automaker’s Alvear plant in the city of Rosario has been exclusively building the Chevrolet Cruze and its 1.4-liter turbocharged engine for the last five years. It is the only site where the Cruze is still being built.
The Argentine government recently confirmed production plans with GM senior vice president and president of GM International Shilpan Amin, Reuters reports.
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“The company’s goal is to export the new vehicle to other Latin American countries, mainly to Brazil and Colombia, where 80% of the production will be destined,” the government confirmed.
A spokesman from GM added that the meeting “was a good opportunity today to update the government of Argentina on the progress of this important program and the economic benefit it will deliver to the country.”
General Motors invested $740 million into its Alvear plant between 2014 and 2016, and in 2017 confirmed that it would invest an additional $300 million to build a new Chevrolet model at the site.
The latest-generation Tracker was first introduced for the Chinese market in 2019 but is now also available throughout South America. In China, it is sold with a 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 162 hp and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. This engine is mated to a CVT that allows the SUV to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.9 seconds. Interestingly, Tracker models currently imported into Argentina are sold exclusively with a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder with 133 hp and 155 lb-ft (210 Nm). This engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.