Offered between 1970 and 1991, the GMC Jimmy was Big Red’s take on the iconic K5 Chevy Blazer, providing all that classic SUV good stuff before it was replaced by the GMC Yukon. Unsurprisingly, some folks have called for a return of the GMC Jimmy nameplate. Now, GM Authority is rendering up what a modern-day GMC Jimmy might look like.
For the moment, there’s no indication that GM is planning to actually develop and launch a modern-day GMC Jimmy. Rather, we rendered this thing just for fun in order to see what it could look like.
Our renderings include a front three-quarters view of an AT4X off-road trim level, as well as a rear three-quarters view of a more luxurious Denali trim level. From the off, it should be obvious that our modern GMC Jimmy is based on the latest third-gen 2023 GMC Canyon pickup, incorporating the truck’s heavily updated GMT 31XX body-on-frame architecture, known internally at GM as the 31XX-2 platform, as well as elements of the third-gen Canyon’s styling.
Let’s start with the GMC Jimmy AT4X. Up front, we spot familiar headlights and a rectangular air intake, as well as a large bash bar mounted in the bumper and rising in a hoop to the GMC logo in the grille. A front-mounted winch was included as well, as are red tow hooks and a prominent front skid plate.
Moving into the profile, our modern GMC Jimmy AT4X runs knobby Goodyear Wrangler tires, while rocker bars help to round out the underbody protection.
As for our GMC Jimmy Denali, we swapped the off-road running gear for some larger-diameter wheels. The rear end design is also somewhat reminiscent of the GMC Hummer EV SUV, such as with the black plastic trim between the rear door and the rear three-quarter window, depicting the U.S. flag. And of course, we can’t forget the tailgate-mounted spare tire.
As for the powertrain, the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine from the third-gen Canyon should fit the bill, with output rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.