Montes Urban MK1 (1974-1983):
During the 60s, the Montes best seller car was the 200S. Available as 4-door sedan, 3-door coupe, and a strange wagon version.
That car was very popular on Europe due the practicality, confort and reliability.
But in the early 70s, the people searched smaller cars, and more fuel-efficient, and, looking the success from the Renault 4, a model who has a compact and versatile body model, called hatchback, Montes started the codenamed-project U1. A small utilitary car, with a hatchback body and efficient engines. And, of course, RWD, the brand DNA.
On the 1974 Geneva Auto Show, the Urban MK1 (U1), It was shown for the first time to the public and the specialized press. The design was very well criticized: modern and clean.
During the first 4 years, it was only available with two engines: a 1.4 4-barrel for the GX trim, and a 1.6 4-barrel for the GXL trim. Both can run with 91 RON fuel, and has cast iron block and head, and is a 8v SOHC.
On 1978, on the same auto show, it was shown the Urban MRP. Coming with the legendary G20 twincam series (2.0L i4), with 16 valves and electronic fuel injection, and a blasting 122hp. And, combined with an auto-locker diff, closed-ratio gearbox, radial sport tyres, and disk on both axis, they made it very agile and effective, as well as fun.
On 1980, on the Barcelona Auto Show, it was presented the restyled Urban.
Besides the aesthetical changes, the engines, interior, options, and suspension setup changed.
The 1.4L was changed by a 1.3L, fed by a 4-barrel carb (GX trim), and the 1.6L switched from the 4-barrel carb to a single point fuel injection system, like on the MRP. The trim was renamed to GXLi, to remark the fuel injection system.
And, of course, the MRP version. The engine is the same as the pre-restyled version.