The Geo Tracker was a rebadged mini SUV when it was introduced in 1990s. It was launched as a part of General Motors’ affordable line-up of vehicles. Although it didn’t stay in the market for long, it has successfully established itself as a funky four-wheel-drive.
1988 – 1989: The first tracker
The Geo Tracker was introduced as a 1989 model of a mini SUV in late 1988. CAMI, a joint venture between Canada’s General Motors and Suzuki, developed the Geo Tracker in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada as a “badge engineered” version of the Suzuki Sidekick. It was originally equipped with a 1.6L SOHC4-cylinder engine that produces 80 hp (60 kW). The Geo Tracker was offered in two trims – base and LSi. The base model featured cloth seats and power brakes while the LSi tracker offered an air conditioner, chrome rally wheels, power steering, and a 3-speed GM Turbo-Hydramatic 180 automatic transmission.
1991 – 1993: Revamps galore
In 1991, a two-wheel-drive convertible with only 5-speed manual shift was added to the Geo Tracker line-up. For this model year, an antilocking system was added to the rear drum brakes of all Trackers. Aside from that, moldings on the body side, door handles, and black bumpers were also added to the standard 4WD and base convertibles. The LSi Trackers also got automatic-locking hubs while the base models kept manual hubs.
In 1992, the Geo Tracker’s dashboard looked a little different and tilt steering wheel was added as a new option. The following year saw no changes for the Geo Tracker except for an updated radio control and new color options.
1994: Performance upgrades
Geo Trackers in California and New York got a new 95-horsepower 4-cylinder engine in 1994. For better riding, this version of the Geo Tracker made use of an all-season type rubber instead of the usual on and off road tires. Other changes made for the Geo Tracker in 1994 included alloy wheels, new interior fabrics, a center console that gets cup holders, and an optional CS or cassette player.
1995: Power craving
Following California and New York’s switch from the previous year, all 4-wheel-drive Geo Trackers adopted the 95-horsepower engine in 1995. The convertible top model has also been redesigned for easier operation.
1996: Safety, style, and convenience
In 1996, dual airbags became standard for all Geo Trackers. Aside from that, Trackers also had new wheels and a completely revamped front-end look. Four-wheel antilock brakes and cruise control were added as new convenience options. This model year also welcomed the new four-door model joining the line-up. With a wheelbase that’s 11 inches longer, the 4-door wagon measured 15 inches longer than the convertible overall.
1997: The Tracker in colors
For the first time, all Geo Trackers can be painted either sunset red metallic or azurite blue metallic. Other than the new color options, standard folding rear bend seat, and an enhanced evaporative emissions system for the convertibles, changes for the 1997 model year of the Geo Tracker were limited.
1998: The rebadge
This year marked the end of production for the Geo Tracker. GM has discontinued the Geo brand and all Geo models including the Tracker were rebadged as Chevrolet.