GMC Jimmy Recreation Progressing Ahead Of Upcoming SEMA Show5
The GMC Jimmy nameplate was first offered in 1970 as GMC’s take on the K5 Chevy Blazer, and although production ended in 1991, the GMC Jimmy is still a fan favorite today. To that end, Flat Out Autos in Jonesboro, Arkansas is putting together a modern GMC Jimmy recreation for the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and now, the custom builder is giving us a brief update on the progress made thus far.
Judging by the photos, it looks as though the new modernized GMC Jimmy build is based on the pre-refresh 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, with the Regular Cab body shortened down considerably with a chopped bed section. It also looks as though the bed was molded into the cabin, creating a seamless and stubby profile that will form the basis of the new two-door SUV. Based on previous social media posts, it’s possible Flat Out Autos will also offer iterations of its modernized GMC Jimmy with an extended wheelbase, and possibly a four-door body style as well. The main offering, however, will be this single-cab body style. Under the hood will be the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque from the factory. Word has it the new Jimmy will also be available with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax when opting for an alternative body configuration.
One of coolest features will be the removable roof, which Flat Out Autos says is next on the list for the build. The custom SUV will also get a repaint, a roll bar, a custom interior with new upholstery, plus new wheels and tires. The rollers seen here are a spare set of 22-inch Chevy RST wheels that Flat Out Autos had “lying around.”
We’ve seen a few renderings of what the custom builders are going for, and suffice to say, the build is ambitious. We can’t wait to see it all come together.
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Both the Jimmy and Blazer (not the current CUV version) are legendary monikers within the GM umbrella. I would love to see GMC bring back the Jimmy as a true 4×4 variant and run with it. The current run of cookie-cutter CUV’s that GM offers, do nothing for me. If GM would produce a Wrangler/Bronco fighter, I’d be the first one in line to snatch one up.
I won’t hold my breath. 🙁
Right, where Chevy dropped the ball GMC could easily pick this up as a unique product to create a distance from Chevy Trucks (kind of like the Avalanche did for Chevy and the new Hummer does for GMC).
They could use this vehicle to have a market niche all their own. Not only would it separate them from their Chevrolet cousins, it would also separate them from the Wrangler and Bronco. Nobody else is offering a full-size off-roader like the old-school K5 and full-size Bronco, despite the market clamoring for one.
C’mon GM, nut up and give your customers what they’ve been asking for!
I would be very interested in a full size GMC 1500 5.3/6.2 V8, two door with second seat capability, Four wheel drive ,short wheel base with an integrated rear cover maybe removeable. This current trend of large cab, long wheelbase trucks is getting old fast.
Nice… This I would be interested in…