It’s not hard to see why this bakkie is such a sales success for General Motors.

The vehicle is very good at what it does and Chevrolet chose to launch it with a wide variety of models to suit the need of as my people as possible.

The only thing missing from the range was a diesel, but this was recently rectified with the introduction of three diesel powered variants to the range. These additions mean the customer now has a range of 10 vehicles to choose from.

The Chevrolet Utility 1.3 Diesel is available in three specification levels – Base AC, Club and Sport. All three are powered by the same turbocharged and intercooled 1.3-litre engine, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It produces 55kW and 170Nm of torque and only consumes 5.5 litres of diesel for every 100km travelled.

Together with the addition of the three diesel models to the range, GMSA has added safety specification in the form of ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) to the Base AC and Club models. This means that all models in the range with the exception of the entry level Base model are now equipped with ABS braking.

The Base AC model also comes with a range of basic features that should make life more comfortable behind the wheel. These include power steering, height adjustable steering column and driver’s seat, tinted windows, driver and passenger airbags and a manual air-conditioner. Moving up in the range will see the inclusion of a decent sound system and trip computer. Service intervals are 15,000 kilometres or 12 months. A service plan is available as an on-cost option.

The Chevrolet Utility is covered by a 5-year/120,000 km warranty with roadside assistance for the full warranty period. Corrosion warranty cover is provided for 5 years with no kilometre limit.