After introducing the Chevy Blazer in 1969, GMC released the GMC Jimmy, a fancier version of the vehicle. Jimmy remained a part of the GMC lineup until 1991 when the Yukon removed the full-size Jimmy. The Jimmy name remained on a compact variant until 2002 when the Envoy replaced it.
History of GMC Jimmy
The original K5 was a vehicle with a short wheelbase. GMC offered the K5 with a four-wheel drive in the 1969 model year. The company introduced a two-wheel-drive variant in 1970, and the vehicle was called the GMC Jimmy. GM reworked its big SUVs in 1991 for the 1992 models, adopting the GMT400 structure introduced with GM's 1988 pickup models. The Chevrolet Blazer was renamed Blazer without the 'K5' prefix. The GMC Jimmy was rebranded and introduced as the first generation GMC Yukon right away, with the S15 Jimmy being rebadged as merely the 'Jimmy' from then on.
GMC Jimmy 3 Doors (1997 - 2001)
As a badge-engineered Chevrolet Blazer in various trim levels, the 1997 Jimmy was reimagined to meet the GMC brand's image and marketability. Jimmy was a big hit when it debuted in 1995. In addition, the three-door model proved to be an excellent city car, handling bends and bumps with ease while fitting into a parking space meant for a compact vehicle. Blazer and Jimmy both received a facelift 2 years later.
GMC Jimmy 5 Doors (1997 - 2001)
There were minor differences between GMC's Jimmy and Chevy's Blazer regarding choices and trim levels. A hearty reception was given to Jimmy by the market. Even though it was a capable off-road vehicle, it didn't appear to be intimidating or bulky. Furthermore, the five-door model proved to be more practical for city driving than other mid-size station wagons in the industry.
GMC sold the 2000 Jimmy with an MSRP of $19,170 for the base price.
The compact SUV was lengthier than its five-door brother in the five-door variant. Its appearance was similar to the Frontera series produced by Opel in Europe. The blacked D-pillars at the back gave the impression that the car had a constant glass area around the trunk, which was an excellent design detail. Unlike the three-door, the five-door had the spare tire in the trunk rather than on the tailgate. The Jimmy had different seats than the Blazer, having bigger headrests for the front occupants. Jimmy had cloth upholstery with the option of velour on the inside. Manual transmission cars have gear sticks and a transfer-box selector situated on the flooring.
The GMC Jimmy 5 Doors engine delivers 194 hp (142 kW) at 4,400 rpm and 250 lb-ft (339 Nm) at 2,800 rpm of torque. The Jimmy 5 Doors has a top speed of 99 mph (160 kph) that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in 9.7 seconds. GMC sold the Jimmy 5 Doors as a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle powered by a 4-speed automatic V6 engine.
GMC released the Jimmy as a two-wheel-drive variant in 1970.