First breaking cover in September of the 2023 calendar year, the 2024 GMC Acadia introduces the crossover’s latest third generation, debuting new styling, a larger cabin, new tech features, and a new turbocharged engine. In addition, the all-new Acadia is significantly larger than the outgoing model, with an extra 8.4 inches in wheelbase and an extra 10.2 inches in overall length. In our opinion, this creates a white space for the now-cancelled next-gen GMC Jimmy.
For those readers who may be unaware, the original GMC Jimmy was offered between 1970 and 1991 as Big Red’s version of the K5 Chevy Blazer. Fast forward to today, and as GM Authority covered previously, The General was, at one time at least, planning to reintroduce the GMC Jimmy nameplate as an all-new rival for the Ford Bronco. The next-gen Jimmy was even poised to offer a V8 engine, but unfortunately, the project was ultimately canned.
Now, however, we think the GMC Acadia’s recent growth spurt opens up enough space between it and the GMC Terrain to slot in a new GMC Jimmy – which, again, would be great, if the project wasn’t already cancelled.
In fact, in an interview with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, GMC Acadia marketing manager Katherine Weber acknowledged that there was now indeed a bit more room between the Acadia and Terrain. During the interview, Luft asked Weber if the next-gen Acadia created some white space between it and the Terrain:
“With the 2024 Acadia getting longer, taller and wider, it creates a little bit more room between Terrain and Acadia,” Weber told GM Authority.
While Weber did not describe the extra room between the Acadia and Terrain as “white space,” we think the now cancelled GMC Jimmy project would have been perfect to fill the gap.
Although a next-gen GMC Jimmy is nowhere on the horizon, the possibility of a new Denali Ultimate trim level for the next-gen GMC Acadia isn’t entirely out of the question.
As a reminder, the 2024 GMC Acadia cradles the turbocharged 2.5L I4 LK0 gasoline engine and rides on the GM C1 platform, with production taking place at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan.