GMC Jimmy Origins
The earliest version of the GMC Jimmy was actually introduced in 1970 as an SUV with a removable hardtop. This first version of the Jimmy lasted until the 1992 when the GMC Yukon replaced it. Certain styling cues in this version were used in the S-Series Jimmy, including the lift glass panel and angled C-pillars. However, this new version does not have a removable hardtop. The S-Series naming stopped in 1991, and people referred to the vehicle as the GMC Jimmy until the end of its production.About the GMC Jimmy
The GMC Jimmy is one of the most popular SUVs sold under the brand, which explains the long production life of the vehicle. The Jimmy was one of the first compact SUVs available on the market. The car initially came as a full-sized SUV, but GMC marketed it as an exclusive compact vehicle beginning in 1995.GMC Jimmy Features
GMC phased out the Jimmy in 2001 to make way for its replacement, the standalone Envoy. However, its Chevrolet counterpart continued production for four more years. The 2000 GMC Jimmy came in a top-end Envoy trim level, but this stopped in the 2001 model year. GMC replaced it with a four-door Diamond Edition GMC Jimmy which had brushed aluminum accents on the outside and specific trims on the inside.
All trim levels of the 2001 GMC Jimmy came standard with front and rear stabilizer bars and gas-charged shock absorbers. A full-time four-wheel-drive system came in the form of an Autotrac system, which allowed the driver to engage and disengage the four-wheel drive whenever necessary.GMC Jimmy Evolution
The GMC Jimmy was introduced with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 83 hp. The vehicle also offers a 2.8-liter, 110 hp V-6 engine. It is interesting to note that the Jeep Cherokee also used this engine until 1987. In 1988, the GMC Jimmy received a new 4.3-liter V-6 engine as an option. This new engine had a power rating of 150 hp, which increased to 160 hp the following year.
GMC introduced a four-door version of the GMC Jimmy in March 1990. As a result, the wheelbase increased by 6.5 inches. A painted black insert and one-piece front grille also fit in this version. This model initially only offered four-wheel drive; however, a two-wheel drive came later the same year.
The next major change was seen in the 1992 GMC Jimmy. The interior and exterior showed small changes, but the S-15 tag was dropped from the name. In 1993, the center console changed, and GMC replaced the transmission gearbox. An altered grille and new five-spoke alloy rims came as options for the two-wheel drive models.
Although the second generation GMC Jimmy debuted in 1994, the first generation continued to be produced for some time after that.
The second generation GMC Jimmy was introduced as a 1995 model year SUV. The exterior and interior of the vehicle showed significant modifications, and it transformed from a compact SUV to a midsize SUV. The model replaced the rugged styling of the previous generation with smoother lines, which increased the vehicle’s appeal. The storage space also increased significantly on the model, improving an important feature for families. General Motors stopped offering previous engines and offered the second generation Jimmy with a 4.3-liter V-6 engine. The GMC Jimmy came in the following trim levels: SL, SLS, SLE, and SLT.
The interior and exterior of the GMC Jimmy received another facelift in 1998, along with the introduction of a new top-end trim level, the GMC Envoy. The facelift included a new dashboard with ergonomic controls, new headrests at the rear, standard passenger airbags, and large buttons on the inside. Exterior changes included larger door handles and a newly designed front grille.
The top-end GMC Jimmy was available as the Envoy and contains the same engine as all other second generation Jimmy models, but featured new high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights and several other luxury features.
A Diamond Edition GMC Jimmy also debuted in the 2000 model year. This new edition, which celebrated 30 years of the Jimmy nameplate, is almost identical to the Envoy version. The only notable differences include the diamond pattern found on the leather seats, an aluminum silver plate, and specialized diamond logos.