GMC Hints at Rugged SUV in Future — Return of the Jimmy?
Brand Boss Says Wrangler Fighter Could Be Coming
With the curtain about to fall for good on the Toyota FJ Cruiser, the mainstream, rugged, off-road SUV market is, for all intents and purposes, down to a class of one. The Jeep Wrangler, arguably the originator of the SUV segment and indisputably the most capable factory off-road vehicle for less than $40,000, has owned the market for a rugged, outdoorsy SUV that doesn’t sacrifice off-road capability for a carlike ride or road manners. But the popular Wrangler could soon have some company, according to Automotive News. GMC brand boss Aldred Duncan says he sees room in GMC’s lineup for an off-road-oriented SUV similar in size and positioning to the Wrangler.
The potential Wrangler-fighter would have a much more rugged orientation than the Terrain and Acadia crossovers but would still have a focus on efficiency with a smaller size and eight- or nine-speed transmission. The future model could also possibly share some of its hardware with the recently introduced 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks. But GMC could also opt for an all-new unibody chassis for the model to save on weight. However, General Motors’ recent demonstration of advance robotic welding techniques opens up the possibility of a lightweight aluminum body on a steel frame.
No possible names were fielded for the potential Wrangler-fighter, but one we’d love to see make a return is “Jimmy.” Much like “Hummer” was a derivation of Humvee, which itself was a verbalization of the acronym HMMWV, “Jimmy” was at one time a general nickname for all GMC trucks but was later the official name applied to fullsize and compact SUVs based on the Sierra C/K and S-15 trucks, respectively. Would you like to see GMC make a Wrangler-fighter? And what do you think it should be named?
Source: Automotive News