GMC Envoy Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 2
First production year: 2001
Engines: Gasoline
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
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While the truck-based SUVs were becoming less popular due to the appearance of the crossovers, GMC designed the Envoy for those who were still looking for a traditional approach of an SUV.

Of course, compared to a crossover, the Envoy offered a tougher off-road capability and better towing capacity.

Very similar to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer in regards to the exterior design, the Envoy offered a more luxurious cabin and an extensive list of features.

The Envoy was offered in three trim levels: the SLE, the SLT and the Denali.

The base trim level included 17-inch alloys, dual-zone air-conditioning, power accessories, keyless entry and the OnStar communication system.

The mid-range SLT featured a power driver seat, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and steer-wheel-mounted controls.

The Denali had slightly different exterior design, bringing a distinctive honeycomb grille, bigger 18-inch alloys, heated seats and a premium Bpse sound system.

Option packages were also available, with features including power-folding heated exterior mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, roof rails and even a DVD entertainment system and a sunroof.

The navigation system could be added only with the SLT and the Denali trim level.

Safety wise, the Envoy features antilock disc brakes, stability control and head curtain airbags.

The Envoy managed to score 5 stars out of 5 for the protection of the front and the rear passengers in case of a side impact.

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Replacing the Jimmy in the GMC lineup, the GMC Enoy was a more luxurious SUV that offered more room, more power and lots of new features.

Based on the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the GMC Enoy was available as a single 4-door body style and a choice of 2- or 4-wheel drive.

A single engine option was available, the Enoy being driven by a 4.2-liter unit that developed 270 hp and 275 pound-feet of torque. If fuel consumption was something one could ignore, the Envoy was an amazing vehicle.

Getting into the Envoy’s cabin, the occupants would had enjoyed great leg and should room. The trunk was also a good size and was equipped with a net to store smaller items. The cabin itself featured lots of storage spaces.

All controls were intuitively placed and easy to use, however, the comfortable seats did not offer great support.

With a dash mounted knob, the driver could easily switch between 2WD or 4WD, as well as high or low range 4WD.

While transfer case allowed for seriously rugged use, the low tail pipes and the low side steps were a bit difficult to deal with.

The Envoy was a practical vehicle - lighter items could be loaded into the trunk without without opening the trunk lid. The flip-up windows ensured easy access.

With the most equipped trim level, the Envoy could feature a self-levelling air suspension to keep the car level regardless of the load.

Besides the daytime running lights and the automatic headlights, the Envoy could also be equipped with a headlights washer system, fog lights, cornering lights, turn signal indicators, heated exterior mirrors, a dual zone automatic climate control system, steering mounted controls and rear seat climate and sound control.

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