Keen observers will quickly notice one element missing from the mid-size off-road body-on-frame SUV equation – a GM contender to the title. Well, that's too bad for the Detroit automaker's fans, who have lamented the dreadful fact for decades – all asking for a revival of the Chevy K5 Blazer and GMC Jimny series. Curiously enough, according to the rumor mill and the imaginative realm of digital car content creators, it turns out that GM was actively thinking about slapping the Wrangler and Bronco with a rival until not long ago.
This virtual artist, better known as c_zr1 on social media, gives us CGI food for thought in the form of the intricate story of how a Chevrolet or GMC rival for the legendary Jeep Wrangler or iconic Ford Bronco never came to be. If the translation is accurate, the story kicked off way back in 2013 across the mill when people first started wondering if a K5 Blazer of Jimny revival was in the works at GM. Meanwhile, the project took flight at the company after shutting down a Colorado ZR2 idea in 2016.
That's when a competitor for the Wrangler SUV became a focus point for the Chevy or GMC brands (or maybe both; details are a little murky, of course), and GM soon decided that the cost was too high to make the model based on a full-size pickup truck chassis. Instead, they chose the GMC Canyon as the base and decided it should become the most potent off-road focused SUV in its class – when outfitted with a V8, of course.
However, in the end, the company decided to pull the plug (pun intended) back in 2019 and never look back as General Motors wanted to switch its attention to EVs and started development for the Ultium-based series that now exists as the GMC Hummer EV, Hummer EV SUV, Chevy Silverado EV, and GMC Sierra EV. That's quite unfortunate, right, especially since none of them have proven their worth just yet!
Anyway, just to give us a snippet of what could have been, the pixel master illustrated his little behind-the-scenes story with retro images of the Chevy K5 Blazer, GMC K5 Jimny, GMC Hummer EV and EV SUV, plus the current GMC Canyon mid-size pickup truck. However, that's not all – the hero image depicts his vision of what could have been if Chevrolet decided to make a two-door Silverado/Tahoe SUV in the same rugged vein as the iconic Chevy K5 Blazer.
And you know what? It looks simply fabulous out there in Fantasy Land. Plus, it would be something that towers over the 2-Door Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco because their versions are based on mid-size truck platforms, while this imagined revival has the DNA of the full-size Silverado pickup and Tahoe SUV!