Is the GMC Jimmy Next in Line for a Reboot?
General Motors recently brought back the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate, reimagining the classic SUV as a sleek, sporty crossover. Now, Car and Driver reports that GM might bring back the Blazer’s GMC sibling, the Jimmy, as well.
Unlike the new Blazer, the GMC Jimmy would probably be designed as a body-on-frame SUV and prioritize off-road performance. The goal: competing with the Jeep Wrangler and other rugged, popular models.
The most likely scenario has the Jimmy sharing a chassis with midsize trucks like the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. Expect the Jimmy to also share a 3.6-liter V6 engine with these pickups, and perhaps a turbo-diesel.
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The new Jimmy is also likely to offer the AT4 off-road trim, which GMC has already introduced for the Sierra pickup and plans to expand to more of its future models.
If plans fall through for a body-on-frame Jimmy, it could also end up sharing a platform with one of GM’s subcompact crossover models like the Buick Encore or Encore GX. In another scenario, the nameplate could be offered as a trim level for the Canyon.
According to Car and Driver, if plans for a new GMC Jimmy work out, the model could arrive for the 2002 model year and is slated for a starting MSRP of around $30,000.
The GMC Jimmy first appeared in 1970 as a full-size SUV and more upscale companion to the Chevy K5 Blazer. A compact SUV version, the S-15 Jimmy, arrived in 1983. The full-size Jimmy was renamed as the Yukon in 1995. The smaller Jimmy lasted until 2002, when it was replaced by the Envoy.
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News Source: Car and Driver