About the GMC Envoy XUV
The GMC Envoy XUV was an interesting addition to the GMC Envoy lineup. At the time of its production, few vehicles had the versatility of the GMC Envoy XUV. It shared the same basic, award-winning platform as the GMC Envoy XL, but its design satisfied the numerous demands of SUV customers by providing every feature of a multi-functional vehicle.
In spite of the completely different approach followed by the GMC Envoy XUV, it still retains several positive aspects of the Envoy family. The interior of the car has the same style as the other Envoys before it, and its amenities and performance remain the same.
GMC only produced one version of the Envoy XUV from 2004 to 2009.GMC Envoy XUV Features
The GMC Envoy XUV remained unchanged for most of its production life. The 2009 Envoy XUV marked the last model year for this versatile vehicle. It was powered by General Motors’ award-winning Vortec 4200 engine, with a displacement of 4.2 liters. The 24-valve, dual overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine produces 275 hp of power and 275 lb-ft of torque. This made it the most powerful base engine in the segment and gives the GMC Envoy XUV a towing capacity of 5,800 pounds for the two-wheel drive version and 5,706 pounds for the four-wheel drive version.
The GMC Envoy XUV also offered other engine options such as a Vortec 5300 engine, which is a V-8 with a displacement of 5.3 liters, a maximum power of 290 hp, and a torque of 325 lb-ft. This engine gave the GMC Envoy XUV a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds for the two-wheel drive version and 6,400 pounds for the four-wheel drive version.
The XUV could be converted to a pickup by retracting its rear roof section. This section slides forward and converts the rear into an open-top loading area. Once retracted, the GMC Envoy XUV will have an opening of 32 x 32 inches, allowing it to carry tall or large items in an upright position. A significant advantage of the retractable roof is that it does not cover the power-operated sunroof up front.
The mid-gate could also be raised in front of the load area to divide it from the passenger compartment in front. This mid-gate is a waist-height, solid panel lined with plastic. The top half had a retractable-glass partition. Once the rear seats fold and tumble, the load area can open up, offering a space of 95.2 cubic feet or 2,696 liters.
The tailgate of the GMC Envoy XUV could be hinged downward or sideways, and the glass atop of the tailgate could be retracted with the push of a button to form a solid tailgate, thus completing the transition of the SUV into a pickup truck. The cargo area was waterproof due to the QuickDrain drainage system, which makes washing and cleaning far easier. The drainage system could remove about 35 gallons of water per minute from the load area. The area had four tie-down rings that can be fixed in 12 locations. The roof also had four fixed tie-down rings, thereby providing a lot of flexibility while hauling different types of cargo. The GMC Envoy XUV also came with a wide range of GM accessories that offerred additional versatility.
The GMC Envoy XUV was significantly better than other SUV-pickup truck combos because it can be converted into a completely enclosed SUV by closing the tailgate glass and retractable roof and lowering the mid-gate section. However, the small load area remained a disadvantage of this vehicle, making it a bad choice for heavy-duty commercial towing and hauling. The side glass of the GMC Envoy XUV came with breakable glass, which made it more vulnerable.
An important aspect of the GMC Envoy XUV was that it can be easily reconfigured into a pickup truck or SUV according to the driver’s needs. The rear roof panel had a power-sliding system, as do the tailgate and mid-gate windows. The tailgate could be swung down or to the right with one hand, making it easy to load and unload. The seats and the mid-gate could be reconfigured quickly and easily without using any tools.