GMC Envoy is a line of SUV’s introduced for the first time in 1998 as new modified version of Jimmy cars. Although the Envoy nameplate appeared on one of the Jimmies for the first time, the sales of this car were so great that the GMC management decided to make a completely new line out of this car. It was confusing from the beginning but then the model received an entire line in 2002 that lasted until 2009. Being one of the Jimmy top trim versions the GMC Envoy had many features original Jimmy didn’t. For example, it was equipped with HID headlamps, remote trunk release, Bose audio system, heated front seats and exterior mirrors and many others.
The safety features of the first line of Envoy included a four wheel ABS system and airbags for the driver and passengers. This car received a four star rating at the crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That made the GMC Envoy even more popular than it was before.
The second generation of Envoys appeared in 2002 when it officially replaced the old Jimmy.
It was made based on the Chevrolet Trail Blazer platform but had an entirely different exterior styling. The 2002 GMC Envoy was available in only one body style, the four-door SUV. It had three engine options available during the entire time of production. The first engine version appeared in 2002 and represented a 4.2 liter I6 engine with 256 in³. The second engine option appeared right in 2003 and was available for a very short amount of time, until 2004. It included the 5.3 liter V8 engine with 323 in³ and was only available for the Envoy XL version. The last engine package appeared in 2005 and lasted until 2009, it consisted of the 5.3 liter V8 with 323 in³ and was available for every GMC Envoy version of that time on demand.
As for the interior features, GMC Envoy had absolutely everything you could ever need from an SUV. It was safe, comfortable, powerful and most importantly, reliable. That’s why this car had such a success among those who needed a good family car.