Another SUV by GMC is about to drop, keep an eye out for 2023 GMC Jimmy. GMC Jimmy is another old name ready to be resurrected. Traditionally, this was a two-door compact SUV. We guess that the trend is going to continue. In its prime, the Jimmy was an amazing off-roading SUV. And we must say that we lack those in today’s market. There are many SUVs, both big and small, compact and others. But not many are ready to take on the unpaved roads and go down the wild path. This is a nice breath of fresh air that we were waiting for.
Many old names are getting a second chance at life recently. Just look at Bronco, Maverick potentially El Camino. We can assume that Jimmy is going to enjoy the same success. We can forget about the unibody build for Jimmy. Most probable solution would be a frame on the body. It should be a very rugged and functional SUV. Especially on an obstacle course. Of course, the styling and design from the 70s isn’t going to work. There are going to be a lot of changes to the 2023 GMC Jimmy when compared to its predecessors.
So let’s look in more detail at what is to come with this refreshment/revival.
On the outside, we hope that the 2023 GMC Jimmy resembles its old cousins. We get huge 21-inch wheel rims. Lightweight to improve the weight-to-power ratio and to shave off some weight. This helps the SUV climb over obstacles much more easily. The front fascia is big and wide. There are air intakes on the mesh up front and on the bumper. This cools everything down under the hood. That allows for you to push the SUV to its limits without worrying about overheating issues.
Hood is quite straight, it doesn’t have a sporty look. Beefy tires envelop the lightweight rims. Headlights are linear and use the latest LED technology. Considering this is an off-roader, we could have used a big LED bar on top of the Jimmy. This would greatly improve visibility. The platform that the new Jimmy will use is a T1. This is used on the Yukon and Sierra.
2023 GMC Jimmy Interior
On the inside, we have to start from scratch. Although nostalgia is a big part of the revival of old vehicles, it won’t work when we look at the cabin. It is very outdated and the style is obsolete. So designers have to put their thinking caps on and draw everything up again. This gives them a good chance to use the space in a better way and make the cabin more functional and practical. Seating needs a lot of cushioning and better lumbar support. We expect this SUV to go wild off the road, and that means a lot of bumps. Having maximum comfort would be a very important selling point. Heated and ventilated seats help ignore the harshest weather, no matter the season.
There should be an infotainment system in the middle of an instrument panel. Hopefully, at least 10 inches in size. This helps control everything connected to a battery. Connectivity will be standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is a 2-door SUV. Not often seen on the market, but here’s hoping they stick to the original design. There will be many safety features implemented, Including lane change alert, collision alert, drowsiness alert, and many more. The dashboard is all digital, which is a great way to improve the design. This allows for customization and allows you to track everything you want to know. Whether it is tire pressure, how the axles handle, or basically anything.
2023 GMC Jimmy Engine
Not a lot is known about the powertrain setup for the 2023 GMC Jimmy. We assume there aren’t going to be weak and feeble options. After all, we still imagine Jimmy is going to be an off-roading beast. So the powertrain has to match the pedigree. This means an engine that can climb up the rock without an issue. Some options spring to mind. GMC could go and use a 3.6-liter V6 that can produce around 310 horsepower. A 2.7 liter turbo-four engine with 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque is also available. Torque would benefit a lot off the road. Spinning the wheels faster and stronger will give you traction and better handling. So a diesel engine would make perfect sense.
We know that the Canyon uses a 2.8-liter turbodiesel with 370 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0 liter V6 engine with 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque is possible. These are great numbers for a rock climbing GMC Jimmy. But what about Hybrid versions or electrification? We know that many manufacturers are racing to put a battery pack in their SUVs. This could also work with Jimmy as well. Adding an electric engine or two could give a great boost to the gas guzzling engine. It improves horsepower and improves fuel economy. So it is basically a win-win.
Also, future-proof your vehicle because that is the way that vehicle industry is headed for. The body-on-frame architecture is good and has a lot of space for the big components these systems require. We know that threat Cybertruck has over 600 horsepower while running on batteries only. It is up to GMC to see what works for their Jimmy as well.
Price and Release Date
We expect that this revival could happen early in 2023. Hopefully, the date doesn’t get pushed back because of the pandemic and supply chain issues. The price is estimated at $30,000.