According to Car and Driver, the new SUV will be body-on-frame and will likely tap the GM31XX platform that underpins the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups. It also says GM “won’t get too creative with its powertrains,” for the new GMC Jimmy (which is likely a good thing in a go-anywhere SUV such as this) with plans to use one if its 3.6-liter V6 engines and perhaps offer the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder as well.
Not surprisingly, one version of the rumored new SUV will also feature GMC’s recently introduced AT4 badge, which has already appeared on off-road focused versions of the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD and the Acadia. The report also indicates this package could appear on the Canyon, even if the new Jimmy doesn’t pan out. It seems likely GM will go ahead with the plan, though, considering Fiat Chrysler’s success in the segment and the fact that Ford will be operating in this space in the near future as well.
Supporting these rumors is the fact that GM was recently spotted benchmarking a Jeep Wrangler at its Milford Proving Ground in Michigan. The vehicle was also adorned with sensors and other data-collecting equipment, suggesting GM is interested in the aero and overall driving dynamics of a boxy, body-on-frame off-roader.
GM would seemingly have a bit of a head start on such a product as well thanks to the Colorado ZR2.
We can expect to see the new GMC Jimmy SUV appear in the next three years, allegedly. We’ll be keeping our eye out for test mules, so be sure to stay follow along as we try to affirm these rumors.
Source: Car and Driver