In a country where full-size sedans are not the mainstream, and the station-wagons are getting pretty much neglected, funeral agencies in Brazil are currently using smaller hearses based on compact coupé-utilities very popular in the local automotive market.
Altough the short cargo tray, usually less than 6ft.-long, may not be deemed suitable to carry a casket, it's stretched from the rear overhang by means of a fiberglass insert totally integrated to the canopy used to enclose the compartment, ensuring the required dignity to the last trip. There's also a liner, integrated with the canopy and the rear extension too, providing an easy-to-clean surface without gaps.
The external layout of the vehicle ends up holding some resemblance to European hearses, which are often fitted with panoramic windows.
One of the most popular models to be converted into a hearse is the Chevrolet Montana, known in Mexico as Chevrolet Tornado and in South Africa as Chevrolet Utility. The engine is a flexfuel 1.4L 4-cylinder, backed by a front-driven 5-speed manual transmission.