GMC Envoy Origins
The General Motors factories in Ohio and Oklahoma continued producing this model uninterrupted until its discontinuation in 2009, being replaced by the GMC Terrain.
The GMC Envoy, as a trim level of the Jimmy, was based on the Chevrolet Blazer. It used a 4.3-liter L35 Vortec V-6 engine. Like the GMC Jimmy, the Envoy received four stars in terms of driver and passenger safety by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.About the GMC Envoy
The GMC Envoy was a below average performer in its class. First, the vehicle did not have a continuous production life, which resulted in many people not recognizing its existence. By the time the SUV re-launched in 2002, it had several features that made it an eligible candidate with more refinement, power, and size than its previous short-lived incarnation. However, the Envoy remained unremarkable and unrecognizable in a crowded automobile sector filled with SUVs that did more for less money. The vehicle shared many similarities with its platform twin, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, with the only differences found in its styling and suspension.
Overall, the GMC Envoy met expectations as a traditional midsized SUV, but so did others in the market. Although it offered decent performance and a comfortable ride, it faced criticism for poor handling and a lackluster interior. Moreover, the GMC Envoy was safe only in theory; it performed poorly in real crash tests.GMC Envoy Features
The 2009 GMC Envoy marked the vehicle’s last model year, after which the GMC Terrain replaced it. The only update that for the 2009 model year was the Bluetooth connectivity option. GMC also offered the Denali variant during the last model year.
The 2009 GMC Envoy included updates from previous years, namely a stability control system, Stabilitrak, and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also offered side curtain airbags and XM satellite radio, two features added in the 2007 model. The straight-six engine, redesigned in 2006, powered the last GMC Envoy model. Apart from the Denali trim level, the Envoy also came in SLE and SLT levels. SLE represented the base level, while the SLT covered the range between the base and the Denali. The GMC Envoy Denali featured the more powerful V-8 engine, a honeycomb grille, heated seats, and better sound insulation inside the cabin.GMC Envoy Evolution
The first generation GMC Envoy provided a high-end trim level of the Jimmy. It contains a 4.3-liter V-6 engine that delivered an acceptable 190 horsepower. The GMC Envoy offered all the features in a GMC Jimmy along with additional features, including HID headlights, remote trunk release, a Bose audio system, and heated front seats and exterior mirrors. Optional features on the GMC Envoy included a power front passenger seat, locking differential, and a power moonroof.
The second generation GMC Envoy replaced the GMC Jimmy in 2002. It shared the same basic platform as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, with the interior of both cars remaining almost identical. However, the exterior styling was different for both vehicles. The GMC Envoy used a Vortec 4200 straight-6 engine instead of the last generation’s V-6. This new straight-6 engine delivered 270 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. GMC redesigned the engine for the 2003 model year and improved its power rating to 291 hp. The GMC Envoy XL served as a full-sized version of the Envoy, and comes as a trim level. However, GMC halted its production after the 2006 model year.
All models of the second generation GMC Envoy had four-wheel disc brakes. An optional engine, the displacement-on-demand 5.3-liter V-8 engine, was added for the GMC Envoy Denali when GMC introduced it in 2005.
2005 also saw an attempt by General Motors to convert the Envoy into a combination SUV and pickup, the GMC Envoy XUV. This short-lived vehicle featured a retractable roof that can slide forward to convert the rear into an open-top cargo space. A midgate separated this cargo space from the passenger cabin up front. Although the GMC Envoy XUV seemed good at first glance, the real result is an awkward-looking Envoy model that the brand quickly terminated.